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 is 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, the Center for Civil Aviation Studies and the Giuseppe Teucci Historical Archive are hosted in Villa Marta Maria in Lido di Camaiore, on the Tuscan coastline called Riviera Versilia.
The Society promotes its activities by organizing conferences, roundtables, publishing historical analyses 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 part 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), research organism of the Society, promotes the historical research on the aviation industrial evolution and diplomatic potential in a national and international context. The Center also fosters the safeguarding of documentary sources, combining biographies of aviators who, with their pioneering actions, have contributed to launch aviation first operations. We meticulously focus on Italo Balbo’s Transatlantic Flights, as we are persuaded that time has came for the Savoia Marchetti S.55, father of modern airliners, to re-emerge from the mists of History. In relation to this, the Center preserves evidence about the primary role of this seaplane in the launch of many airlines first flight operations as Alaska Airlines, Airvia Transportation Company, Marine Air Transport Co. and Aeroflot. 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 Maurizio Teucci, have officially been placed under the protection of the Center for Civil Aviation Studies on December 1st, 2017. The Archive represents the main source for our historical studies and is composed by top classified technical and diplomatic reports of former Air Attaché in Berlin Giuseppe Teucci. The opening of the Archive to academics, writers and researchers marks the culmination of a desire to spread this extraordinary historical heritage thanks to the unpublished and importance of the materials hosted. The Society offers constant impulse to any editorial action, to research activities by making a strict selection of the many requests of access to the Historical Archive. The Italian Civil Aviation Society is directly responsible for the Archive profile towards the public and promotion of the “Aeronautical Culture” notion from a diplomatic and industrial prospective, as well as preserve this important historical heritage in a national and international context.
The Archive is 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 industrial and diplomatic relations history. In particular, there are more than 2 000 documents about the Transatlantic Flights guided by Italian Air Marshall Italo Balbo (1930/31–1933), about the sensitive technical-military relations within the Regia Aeronautica, the Luftwaffe, the Suomen Ilmavoimat and the Lietuvos karinės oro pajėgos (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 Society’s Secretariat. The material donated by countess Marta Maria de Benedetti, widow of General Giuseppe Teucci, to the Italian Air Force can be studied by visiting the Italian Air Force Historical Museum facilities 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 our Associates informed 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 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 Magazine also covers any major national and international aeronautical event with the publication of news, technical reports, exclusive interviews and written surveys.
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), Gen. S.A. Stefano Fort, Director of the Italian Defense Higher Studies Institute, Col. Luigi Borzise, Director of the Italian Air Force Historical Office, Captain Rola Hoteit, first and unique woman commander in Middle East Airlines as well as 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 cultural events.