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Luca Bertossio

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Luca Bertossio, WAGAC 2012 a los 22 años de edad

With only two years in the international competition circuit and at the age of 22, Luca Bertossio was just proclaimed world aerobatic champion in the Advanced category in the last World Glider Aerobatic Championship, held in August 2012 in Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia.

With more-than-clear intentions that are the fruit of an exceptional track record and constant dedication, Luca shares with us the keys to becoming number one in the world of the most elegant and beautiful aerobatics.

“For me, the glider is a symbol of freedom and flight...the pure lines remind me of a white marble sculpture, but its elegance recalls the softness and precision of a ballerina. The glider used in aerobatics is a means for dreaming of absolute freedom, the union between me and absolute perfection. Each line or angle or arc painted in the sky should be without inaccuracies or errors. It is then and only then that we don't see the glider flying, but rather painting the sky with its sharp white wings.”

How did you get interested in glider aerobatics? Why gliders? What are your feelings up there?

I started doing aerobatic power but I was not in full contact with the sky and the essence of the acrobatics ... there was something that did not allow me to really be myself ... 300 horses are something to fly I really do not need ...

When you have the energy you have everything ... potential energy or kinetic energy ... it's all the trick ... knowing how to transform the energy and shape themselves and to be balanced and perfect in the air ... that's why I chose the glider

Up there in the sky at 1250m I am myself and nothing more ... I paid my mind and concentrated only to do what I love more than anything else ... I am the protagonist of my present and future and everything that happens is because of me or my fault

There are no excuses for what happens ... it's a risk, but when you win 

the game was worth what you bet...


How do you define yourself as a glider aerobatic pilot?

I am a flyer and I'm not a pilot ... I fly in symbiosis to my Swift S.1 and he does the same with me ... I feel what I asked and he understands what I want from him ... maybe this is the difference with many other pilots, but should not I be the one to judge ...


Para mí el planeador es un símbolo de libertad y vuelo, su elegancia recuerda a la suavidad y precisión de una bailarinaHow often do you train aerobatics a long the year? Could you explain us a typical training day?

In a year I start flying towards March with my Swift S.1 ... workouts are concentrated in Stage lasts about 7-10 days during which air 3 to 5 times a day ... with the presence of my coach and the other members of the National Team ...

The training must be studied and planned properly, long training periods are not always attractive ... We need to know how much and what to do from time to time to be 100% on every flight ...

A typical day of training starts at 7 am ...

Breakfast rich in protein and morning warm-up including stretching

You arrive at the airport, preparing the glider washing and doing the pre-flight checks

Bring on the flight line and you decide that flying program and the sequence of the drivers who will start ... you always mix so that each flight pilots in all weather conditions of the day is that time of the day ... fly in the morning is not equal to fly in the afternoon and for this activity should be distributed to best ...


Do you combine the sport aerobatics with other disciplines that help you to improve your fitness and results? In which way it helps you? Do you think is important to be physical and mentally fit in your sport? 

I play tennis for many years and have tried and done many other sports when I was younger ...

I play drums for a long time and I love DJing ... it helps me to get fancy, timing, rhythm, improvisation and precision

Be physically trained for aerobatics is something obviously necessary ...

We come to accelerations in the order of 9g positive and negative -7 ... you have to know how to deal with these feelings ...

The psychological aspect is a good 40% of your flight performance ... each of us must be able to find "That feeling of mind" that allows him to fly at 101% ... you have to get to the so-called Trance performance which is a kind of externalization of his own thought during which you see the things that happen around you ... it's like an orderly flow of feelings of power and domination of the situation ... it is certainly not easy to explain in words ... you have to get there with training and experience :-)

El aspecto psicológico es un 40% de tu resultado de vuelo.


During the competition flights, what are the elements that you pay more attention during your sequence?  Which elements are crucial for you to make a good flight?

During the competitions flights you must not think to much ... just where to start the sequence, in wich "style" flying it (aggressive, soft, elegant rhythmic or energetic) your coach will have to put you in the condition to do only the "pilot" and not the tactician or strategist ...

Be careful about the altitude to leave and then you dive into the Box... try to do figure after figure always thinking ahead to the glider at least two executions ... if you follow the plane and You did not advance you're bound to be wrong or at at least not win the Sequence


We saw that you are working in the “Unlimited pilot of National Glider Aerobatic team”. What is your task there? Are you teaching glider pilots to compete in the international level? What have you learned from them?

Yes, my only interest and activity is to make and promote glider aerobatics in Italy ... I'm part of the Italian National Team and when I’m not on training, I am creating new aerobatic pilots and approached them to their first national competitions and then international ones with the support and the base of the National Aerobatic Center of Torre Alfina and Udine


What are the things that have been crucial for you to win the World Championship in the advanced category?

This year I was able, with the help of many people and sponsors, to make the number of flights that I set for myself in preparation for the World Cup ...

Having coaches like Sandor Katona and great pilots and instructors as Pietro Filippini have allowed me to be ready to give the best during all flights... Without them this would not have been possible ...

We also created a close-knit group with an high significantly skills level... 

Just think that in the unknown programs we filled the first four positions of five Italian pilots who were in WAGAC


What is for you, the worst and the better part during an international competition?

For me, the best part is the first stranger ... after flying two programs as the known and Free (where each rider can train as many times as you want) finally get to see who has what it takes to win the world title ... The unknown programs are a selection of riders that I understand who I really against me ...

The worst is when you relax ... and I happened to two flights from the end ... I was in the lead and I could not wait for him to finish everything, we did 6 flights of competition this year, which means the maximum allowed . In the last few flights I played in defense but never fear ... if you think of getting something wrong it turns out that the mistakes really happens…

You have the frozen ATPL, do you think being a glider pilot could make you a better ATPL pilot? In which way?

Being an airline pilot does not always mean that the know “How to FLY” ... the golden days are over and many new pilots do not even know what a Spin is ... and they might never see ones ... simply because they don’t need to know it ... They will never know what it feels like in a plane without engine because at least they have two ... Many past events (see ditching in Houdson of the A320) suggest that in certain situations being glider pilots made the difference

Would you like to try another aerobatic disciplines? Which ones?

Being a glider aerobatic pilot gives me everything I need ... of course back on the Extra Planes (maybe in winter) would not be bad at all


To finish, which advice would you give to the people that they are starting in the glider aerobatics in order to become one day a world champion?

Be yourself ... are the passions to choose us and not vice versa ...

Take it all, everything you feel to give any sacrifice every drop of sweat or tears will be rewarded if we really believe in what you are doing ... never give up ... ever ... ever!



Overall World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Champion 2012.
World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Champion in Known Compulsory Program 2012
World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Champion in Unknown Programs (Series of 4) 2012
World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Champion in Team Equipe (ITALY) 2012
Italian Glider Aerobatic Champion in Advanced category 2012.
Silver Medal in the Italian Glider Aerobatic Championship Category Unlimited 2012
Italian Champion in the First Freestyle Thropy 2012
Silver Medal in the Italian Glider Aerobatic Championship Category Unlimited 2011
Italian Glider Aerobatic Champion in Advanced category 2011.
Silver medal for the Freestyle 2011.
Silver medal FAI for the Known compulsory program of the WAGAC 2011.
Silver Medal FAI Overall World Advanced Aerobatic Championship 2011.
Italian champion Intermediate glider aerobatic category 2011.
Italian Champion in Sportsman Category 2010
Italian Champion in Promotion Category 2010

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