Photo above by Federico D’Avella
The term ‘legend’ only applies to a select band of aviators. Italian pilot, Luca Bertossio is one of the most skilled, successful and young competition pilots of modern times. At 30 years old Luca has won 18 FAI medals for glider aerobatics, seven of these were Gold.
For 2021, Luca Bertossio has chosen Trig Avionics to equip his high-performance gliders. Luca will fly with a Trig TT21 transponder and TN72 GPS system, providing Mode S and ADS-B Out capabilities.
Luca explained, “I wanted my gliders to be visible to air traffic control and other aircraft, in the skies around Bologna, where I instruct and operate. When we fly and instruct aerobatic flying, we need 99% of our attention on the student and on the maneuver technique. Knowing that other GA traffic can see me on their ADS-B displays makes me feel safer. This is particularly important when teaching aerobatics, as I have minimal time to look around, as my focus is on the aerobatic sequence.”
“I am genuinely delighted with Trig – the equipment is small enough to fit in my panel and has been easy to install. Trig transponders are simple to operate yet meet the latest regulatory standards. The TT21 is a well-respected quality product, it is suited to the demands of high performance and aerobatic flying up to 10 positive and -7.5 negative g’s.”
Luca is keen to encourage other aircraft owners, glider pilots and the wider GA community to secure the safety benefits of fitting a Trig ADS-B Out solution. More GA pilots are using ADS-B In traffic receivers and the Trig TT21 and TN72 makes you visible to commercial, military and all ADS-B In equipped general aviation types.
Luca said, “Why wait for a potential collision or accident when Trig technology is on hand to make flying safer? All pilots can benefit by using Trig’s ADS-B to enhance their safety, on every flight.”
Luca has a good basis to share his expertise with other pilots. He’s currently based near Bologna where he’s completing his ATPL(A) and CPL-IR MEP at one of the best Italian Flight Schools, while training at FlyOzzano for his aerobatics projects. Luca holds numerous other international aviation awards and has displayed at many prestigious airshows worldwide, including Oshkosh and Sun‘n’Fun. Having become the World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Champion, Vice World Unlimited Champion twice, Bertossio became the youngest World Air Games Champion in 2015. Luca welcomes pilots and visitors to fly with him in Bologna and experience a memorable aerobatic flight or participate in aerobatic training.