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Leonardo hosts 'Flying Society' event at Expo 2020 Dubai

Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum takes part

Redazione ANSA ROME

(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 25 - The Italy Pavilion at t Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday hosted an event entitled "The Flying Society", organised by the Italy-headquartered global aerospace and defence company Leonardo.
    Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum, the first member of the royal family to fly as a qualified commercial pilot for Emirates Airlines and the first woman to be appointed as First Lieutenant Pilot of Dubai Police, was among the participants.
    "Expo 2020 Dubai confirms the attention of UAE to new technologies, with a focus on those related to aviation. I believe that the three key themes of this Expo - 'Opportunity, Sustainability, Mobility' - perfectly encompass the promises and challenges of aviation that we want to highlight in today's event" explained Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo General Manager.
    "Leonardo - and Italy - have been part of the history of flight from the beginning, aiming, throughout the decades, at maintaining its technological edge. We have the ambition to continue as a leader in the next era of aviation and we are investing to meet this commitment".
    Sheikha Al Maktoum shared her experiences and vision "I was only 12 when I tasted the freedom of flying, the exhilarating feeling of soaring up in the sky: it was a chance encounter and love at first flight," she said.
    "I truly hope my journey could serve as inspiration and encouragement to all young women still searching for a path, and prove to them that there is space for them in serving our country.
    "It is time to tell the stories of the women who paved the way, so that the next generation grow up knowing the names of those women, their stories, dreaming of equal achievements and being inspired by their legacy.
    General Luigi Casali of the Italian Air Force, explained that one of the challenges for now and the coming decades was the capacity to adapt our selection and training processes in order to maintain the technological ecosystem boost that we are witnessing.
    "We need a modular flexible system that will be able to adapt rapidly to the new technologies and social development of the younger population meeting the training needs of tomorrow," he said.
    "A deep analysis of what roles, the skills and the training pipeline of the future generation pilot needs to be a priority in order to recruit, train, and deliver the future aviators of our air forces." Leonardo's vision on the future of aviation is part of the company's contribution to the Italy Pavilion, which is displaying a nacelle of the Leonardo's AW609 tiltrotor.
    It is the only aircraft of its kind set to receive civil certification and revolutionise, among others, point-to-point transportation, thanks to its capability - that enables the changing of the position of the two nacelles and rotors in less than 60 seconds - it can take-off vertically like a helicopter while flying with the performance of an aeroplane.
    As part of the company's strategic vision for urban aviation in the near future, Leonardo has built - with its Emirati partner Falcon Aviation Services - a new concept helicopter terminal at the Dubai Expo site. It represents the latest frontier in vertical mobility: travellers' spaces are designed to house showrooms where commercial and cultural activities can be offered, within a structure built with sustainable materials, which can be easily remodelled or reallocated as the needs of the city changes.
    Leonardo's technologies have been present in the Emirates for over 50 years and the company continues to work - via its local branch in Abu Dhabi - with the UAE government, armed forces and partners. Leonardo high-tech platforms in the UAE include more than 100 helicopters, naval systems, secure communications applications, space technologies and training aircraft, including the Aermacchi MB-339 jet trainer, chosen for the Emirati national aerobatic team Al Fursan. Leonardo is proud that the Al Fursan pilots have trained in Italy, using the company's aircraft and Italian teaching systems. (ANSA).
   

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