PILOT (FO) ARTY NAL TOFFANIN: DREAMING IN CRETE, TRAINING IN THE CANARY ISLANDS, AND FLYING WITH LAUDA EUROPE

Arty is a 28-year-old pilot of Slovenian-Italian roots, currently flying as FO (first officer) on an Airbus A320 for Lauda Europe with base in Zagreb, Croatia. His love of flying led him down an exciting path, starting his education in Crete and later working as a flight attendant for Ryanair to pay for his flying hours and training in Canavia Flight School in the Canary Islands. Despite the pandemic and other circumstances, his perseverance proved that if you are committed, dreams come true. First Officer Arty Nal Toffanin Did you always know you wanted to be a pilot? Honestly, no. Read more…

THE LETOV INSTITUTE: SEVEN PILOTS BUILDING AN AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM

Letov is an institute committed to the preservation of technical aviation heritage. We are getting ready to set up an exhibition in Gorizia (Aeroporto di Gorizia) of the collection of aviation heritage related to the technical history of Slovenia through the different periods. Aeroclub Letov. Who are you? Letov was initially a team of three people who had similar views on the past of aviation. Today, Letov has eight members. Letov is a team effort. An individual in such a large project would not stand a chance because things are just too big. We are equal members, each doing our Read more…

PILOT MIHA GOSAK: GLIDER INSTRUCTOR AND THE YOUNGEST PRESIDENT OF THE GLIDER SECTION IN SLOVENIA

Miha is an inspiring, 22-year-old pilot from Maribor, who with his calm and respectful character, sparkles in his eyes, and playful nature radiates noticeable maturity. We talked about his passion for flying, the challenges he experiences as an instructor, his current soaring adventure in New Zealand, why he took on the responsibility of the president of the glider section, and his desire to help create better conditions for soaring. In the interview, you can find out why ego and flying don’t go together, how flying teaches you to take full responsibility, and why with the right attitude everything is possible. Read more…

PILOT JAKA JAKLIČ AND THE RESTORATION OF THE AERO 3 AIRCRAFT: MOST IMPORTANT IS PATIENCE

How did it start? With my father, who started to restore planes Kurir and Vaja, which he got for the long-term management of the airport in Postojna. The condition was that he gets them if he restores them and they will be stationed in Postojna. Kurir and Aero-3 (which is now being restored in Trbovlje) avoided the directive from Belgrade to destroy them in the 80s. He started the restoration in the mid-90s when I was still a kid. Airplanes Kurir and Vaja Why? I think it was a very big challenge for him. Previously, they worked on other aircraft Read more…

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PILOT AND AIRCRAFT DESIGNER FABIO RUSSO:ONCE A DREAM, NOW THE HEAD OF TECNAM R&D

Did you dream of being an aircraft designer? What propelled you to your journey? [FR]: I was born with a passion for aircraft. Probably because where I used to live as a child, airplanes flew over the house, then disappeared just two seconds later behind the building in front of us (in Naples there are many buildings close to each other!)… So this always increased the curiosity about “where they went” behind that building.  Then my father bought me a magazine with aircraft cutaways and he saw that I literally spent days watching those pictures… It was 1986, and I Read more…

ONCE UPON A TIME AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TODAY A SHOPPING MALL

These days, only the name “Letališka cesta ( Airport road) in the BTC shopping center points to the former airport. Not many people (who are not from the aviation industry) know about its impressive history, which is now being quietly renovated into a museum, pastry shop, and archaeological center. The first airport in Ljubljana was in Šiška. Since this airport was in the triangle of railway lines, it could not be developed or included in civil traffic airport network. Slovenes were already panicking because of this; despite the severe economic crisis, they wanted to keep up with other nations. Therefore, Read more…

FOUR-DIMENSIONAL CHESS AND NOT A GAME

Air traffic control consists of multiple services. Which ones and how do they collaborate? Air traffic control as a service consists of several segments, the most basic division being operational and support services. The Air Traffic Control (ATC), Aviation Telecommunications Service (SLT), and Aviation Information Service (SLI) operate in the operational area. The support services employ personnel who are necessary for the normal operation of the company (HR, IT, financial services, etc.). All services operate independently and at the same time interdependently with others. Operational departments are closely intertwined, especially since they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a Read more…

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