History

Founded in 1964 by a group of young friends and aviation enthusiasts led by the late former President Giacomo Ferrari, it is initially called the "Club Aeronautico Carpigiano".

It became "Aeroclub" (flying club) three years later, in 1967.

The founding members were Giacomo Ferrari, Nedo Prandi, Ottavio Coronati, Bellesia Bruno, Bruno Rettighieri, Bulgarelli Franco, Franco Fanti, Augusto Stantachiara, Nereo Sacchetti, Enzo Martinelli.

Led with incredible determination for nearly forty years by President Giacomo Ferrari, the Carpi flying club is run led by Marco Marani, the current President.

Ottavio Coronati, one of founding member, has also contributed, over the decades, to the growth of the association, maniacally administrating revenues and expenses for forty years. His work, along with the work of many others who have joined the board of directors over the years, handed over to new generations of pilots the current Aeroclub Carpi, a small, happy island in the often stormy sea of the Italian flying clubs.

The first aircraft which went into service was the SIAI Marchetti S205-18F "I-APIO". It was then the turn of a Partenavia P66B "I-IMAG", destroyed in 1969 by a fire. The third aircraft, a MS-880 "I-RAWL", was instead destroyed in an accident, thankfully with no injuries.

Another MS-880 "I-SUDL", after some time of service, was then sold back to the flying club of Grosseto.

Another MS-880 "I-NEDO" was destroyed by a crash, fortunately without any casualty.

A MS-892 "I-SUDG" was then purchased, along with a Piper PA-32-300 "I-NORA" used for the launch of skydivers, later sold to the flying club of Reggio Emilia and replaced with the larger and more powerful PA-32-301 "I-OMGA", also sold after years of launches.

The fleet was completed with the arrival of two beautiful Piper PA-28-181 "I-CRCA" and "I-MAGH" and a Cessna 172 "I-ALJP".

The PA-28-181 became three with the purchase of "I-TOPA", sold after a few years in order to purchase a Cessna 152 "I-GARC", used for tourism as well as for the flight school of the flying club for the formation of new pilots. It was later sold to the flying club of Forlì.

The years, the sacrifices and the passion of the members have since turned a green lawn, often a bit muddy, and some shacks into an asphalt runway of 850 meters surrounded by a large apron and parking lot, spacious hangars and buildings which houses not only the clubhouse, but also a bar, restaurant and the flight school.