Ferrara Airfield on sunday morning
women in europe
Buongiorno, ciao, grazie, andiamo—
OK, that is the extent of my Italian vocabulary, but it did not prevent me from
having a wonderful time at a couple of
women + aviation events in Italy.
I attended the 5th Aviation and Women in Europe (AWE) Conference in Ferrara, Italy, organized by Michelle Bassanesi (WAI #8195). The AWE Conference
was scheduled concurrent with the EAA
Chapter N.459’s fly-in in Ferrara.
The theme of the conference was
“Courage to be the Change.” Friday evening’s Welcome Dinner was at the Aero
Club Restaurant. It was fantastic to sit
at dinner and speak with people from
Spain, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Italy
—a multitude of accents and cultures.
Saturday morning we heard guest
speaker rodolfo galli who spoke about
home-built aircraft construction and
regulation in Italy. Then giancarlo
Zanardo showed videos of various aircraft replications he has built and flown.
Both of these presentations were in Ital-
ian so Luca salvadori translated.
patricia campos domenech (WAI
#41726), the first and only female he-
licopter and jet pilot in the Spanish
Armed Forces, told her story of deciding
to go into the military to become a pilot.
Her advice—“you have to try.”
dorothy pooley (WAI #39411) from the
U.K. gave a most inspirational presenta-
tion for “Change for the Better.” She told
about her journey through life to get to
the position now of being the owner of
Pooley Flying and she specialize in the
instructing of flight instructors.
Monica passuello spoke of her job as
an ULM Flight Instructor for FLARE,
Italian Flight Design dealer.
kristiina tervo (WAI #820), currently
instructing civil and military crews in
Dassault Falcon 7X at CAE Burgess Hill,
U.K. center, spoke about the importance
of safety and
her career in
business and corporate aviation.
Annabelle Burroughes (WAI #42651)
shared her stories about aerobatics in
her Bucker Jungman and the joys and
problems of building an RV 7 with her
friends. She currently is selling business
jets with Jet Finders Limited.
Umberto guidoni, a Reserve Officer in
the Italian Air Force, spoke about Italy’s
involvement in space. He spoke about
his NASA mission in 1996 as a Payload
Specialist on STS-75/TSS-1R—
Tethered Satellite System and in 2001 on the
Space Shuttle’s STS-100 mission.
karen kahn (WAI #1254), one of the
first women to be hired by a major air-
by Betty Huck