The Italian Civil Aviation Society is a bipartisan, nonprofit research organization, founded in Lido di Camaiore on November 18th, 2017 by Lorenzo Virginio Teucci, Barbara Rocchi and Milvia Mori, professionals of the Italian and International Aviation Industry History. Our commitment it’s to enhance the Aviation Industry historical evolution through a targeted range of cultural initiatives, inviting and welcoming experts and professionals of the Aeronautical, Industrial and Public Administration field from all over the world in a high ranked network of cultural projects. The Italian Civil Aviation Society Headquarters, the Presidency and the Giuseppe Teucci Historical Archive are hosted in Villa Marta Maria in Lido di Camaiore, on the Tuscan coastline. Then we have an Operations Office, granted by Mayor of Massarosa Mr. Franco Mungai, hosted in the Edificio Storico La Brilla in Massarosa, Tuscany and a Permanent Representation in the city of Helsinki, Finland.
The Society promotes its activities by organizing conferences, roundtables, publishing historical analyzes and literary works on its institutional portal. The main topics of our works are the historical evolution of the Aeronautical Industry from its beginning to the present day, placing particular emphasis on the political and diplomatic use of aviation during the course of the global history. We also promote and preserve the cultural heritage of our national Aviation Industry and the heroism of our national Aviation Pioneers. The Society adheres to the Charter of Principles for Research in Social and Human Sciences published by the CNR Commission for Research Ethics and Bioethics. Each year, more than 5 000 participants take place in the numerous events promoted by our Society across the main cities of Italy, Europe and the world, where we invite and welcome prestigious officials from International Organizations and Public Administration, Diplomats, Industry and Military Experts.
The Center for Civil Aviation Studies (CSAC), created as an executive Research Institute of the Society, aims to promote researches and studies about those important events related to the Aviation historical evolution in a national and international context, combining biographies of heroic Aviators who, with their pioneering actions, have contributed to enhance the glorious heritage of our Aviation. The Institute preserves the Archive of Gen. S.A. Giuseppe Teucci, composed by a large documentary heritage, which represents the main source for our studies about the Aviation Industry, in an Italian and European context, during the most controversial years of World War II. The Archive, composed by former Air Attaché in Berlin and Representative to the Luftwaffe Giuseppe Teucci top classified technical and diplomatic reports, represents a real overflight on the entire 20th Century. This is definitely the first case of a research organization that promotes the study of the Aviation Industry by creating an innovative notion of “Aviation Diplomacy Culture”.
The Giuseppe Teucci Historical Archive, already under guardianship of Ambassador of Italy in Kampala Mr. Maurizio Teucci for several years, has officially been placed under the Center for Civil Aviation Studies protection in the same date of her foundation, on 01.12.2017. The opening of the Archive to academics, writers and researchers marks the culmination of a desire of spreading this extraordinary historical heritage thanks to the unpublished and importance of the materials hosted. The Italian Civil Aviation Society gives constant supports and impulse to any editorial action, to research activities by making a strict selection of the several requests of access to the Historical Archive. In particular, the President of the Italian Civil Aviation Society, is directly responsible for the supervision of the Institution profile towards the public and particularly attentive to promote the “Aeronautical Culture” and historical documentary heritage in a national and international context.
The Archive it’s entirely composed by a rich and unpublished documentary heritage, preserved by the Aviators1 of the Teucci family, and particularly significant for the whole 20th Century Aviation Industrial and Diplomatic Affairs history. In particular, there are more than 2 000 documents about the Transatlantic Flights guided by Italian Minister for the Royal Air Force Italo Balbo (1930/31–1933), about the sensitive technical-military relations within the Regia Aeronautica, the Luftwaffe and the Suomen Ilmavoimat (1934-1943) and, after the war, with the United States Air Force2 under the diplomatic and industrial profile. The Archive library and the entire photogallery collections can be consulted under appointment with the General Secretariat of the Italian Civil Aviation Society. The material donated by countess Marta de Benedetti, wife of General Giuseppe Teucci, to the Italian Air Force can be studied by visiting the Italian Air Force Historical Museum located in Vigna di Valle (30 miles from Rome).
1 read “Cap. Pil. M.A.V.M. Virginio Teucci” biography, lost in the skies of Russia.
2 read “Una storia poco conosciuta” by Italian Ambassador Mr. Maurizio Teucci.
The Mario Calderara Award for Aeronautical Excellence aims to identify and reward any Organization who have actively worked in projects for the enhancement of the Aeronautical Culture and also individuals who have distinguished themselves for the high results obtained in Aeronautical Studies, Researches or Doctoral thesis. With this prestigious Award, the Society intends to recognize and reward those who work with passion, spreading and giving prestige to the Aeronautical Culture. There are no predefined guidelines for the choice of the winners, we invite everyone to send their recommendations, which will all be taken into consideration by our Board of Directors and decide who will be invited to receive this important recognition. We strongly believe that it’s important to reward those who, working well, are already under the spotlight but also, and mainly, new emerging personalities of great value.
The Society’s magazine La Centuria Alata, published every six months, arises from the need to keep informed our Associates about all cultural activities carried out by the Italian Civil Aviation Society and to maintain an outstanding level of knowledge about the fast developing Aviation sector among our Members. The magazine is electronically sent to all Associates and Members by personal email every 6 months. La Centuria Alata is a magazine specialized in historical events relating to the Civil and Military Aeronautical Industry but also ranges across geopolitical, diplomatic and commercial sectors. Our editors and writers are College Academics, professionals of the Aeronautical sector and also simple Aviation enthusiasts. La Centuria Alata also covers any major National and International Aeronautical Event with the publication of news, reports, exclusive interviews, facts and written talks.
Our Ordinary and “Ad Honorem” Associates are Italian and International prestigious personalities from the Aeronautical, Military, Institutional, Diplomatic and Academic sector. They are called to join the Italian Civil Aviation Society by the Board of Directors, following the President proposal, for their Academic experience and/or professional excellence. Among the most prestigious names that composes our community are the Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Government of PM Mario Monti), Dr. Fausto Luchetti, Director of the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC), Col. Luigi Borzise, Director of the Italian Air Force Historical Office and many other prestigious names. All Associates converge on specific Committees designated to create a platform for the exchange of ideas, based on their expertise, in order to increase the quality of our initiatives and Brand image.