43. Adventure… Adventure …

Roberto Cavalli with Lupo

Roberto Cavalli with Lupo

43. Adventure… Adventure …
The day God asks me to close my eyes I will reopen them one last time to ask myself what’s left to do?

My first car? A blue Fiat 500 bought after signing promissory notes two centimeters thick! My first sport car? A Lamborghini Ghibli!
Crazy …! I will not make a list of all my passions on land and sea, I just want to ask how many of you know about my passion for the sky?
I have been a stunt helicopter pilot since 1980…!
Now, if I had to sign so many promissory note to buy a Fiat 500 think how many I had to sign to buy my first helicopter … I’ll leave that to your imagination!
I did something really crazy, a sudden passion. I fell in love with helicopters during an airshow in Florence. My first flight… I was scared out of my wits!
The intense emotions I felt during this flight that caused me to make flying one of the passions of my life! So I bought a turbine helicopter from Aérospatiale, Ecureuil, which in English means squirrel!
It was very difficult since in Italy there were no helicopter flight schools. You could only get certified through military aviation! I was too old and had no intention of joining the military!
I found the right flight school in Paris, France. Not only did I have to keep on going backwards and forwards to Paris but I had to find someone in Italy who could teach me the really difficult theory of helicopter flight!

Roberto Cavalli - Eva Cavalli - Firenze

Roberto Cavalli - Eva Cavalli - Firenze


The adventure continues… I convinced Patrick, the instructor at the flight school in Paris, to move to Florence once they had delivered my helicopter. He was both my pilot and my instructor. We spent our evenings studying the big book of the theory of flight to get ready for the exam!
Only then did I realize that the helicopter is the most difficult aircraft to fly. Piloting an airplane is a child’s play by comparison…!
I realized how difficult it was only after the first few lessons. I was completely demoralized “I’ll never succeed…!”
Learning the theory of flight was very difficult for me. I tried really hard to prove to myself that I was capable enough to do it! It took me two years…
I remember my first solo flight… What a thrill!
I also remember my first flight with passengers, the responsibility for the lives of others. Of course, my first passengers were my wife and children.
Panzano in Chianti

Panzano in Chianti


That’s cool! We were able to commute from our house in Florence to my country house in just six minutes. During each trip I liked to fly low, sometimes so low… hovering over some lakes…
I liked rising up into the sky, flying high, especially at sunset, admiring the sky’s changing colors…
I felt like a bird… I was master of the sky, master of my life!

Un bacio, grande…

I LOVE YOU
Roberto Cavalli

8 replies
  1. Mathias
    Mathias says:

    Da profano del volo, non immaginavo la diversità tra aereo/elicottero… Già è emozionante quando un aereo si libra sopra il mondo e le nuvole, e non hai nessun controllo… Posso solo immaginare lo stato d’animo di decidere tu stesso dove e come andare, se volare raso terra o soffermarsi a mezz’aria… Penso sia una sensazione come poche altre capace di farti sentire senza confini e dominare le parti più remote del mondo. Forse è pari solo al l’essere con una barca in mezzo al mare dove attorno a te vedi solo l’orizzonte che unisce immaginariamente  il cielo all’acqua dimenticandosi il verde della terra.  È una di quelle tante cose che prima o poi vorrei provare! 
    Diciamo che si capisce ogni giorno sempre di più perché la tua vita la definisci come un’avventura…
    Però… Pilota acrobatico!! Da un lato sarei tentato nel chiederti di portarmi un giorno a fare un giro, ma dall’altro avrei un po’ di paura sapendo ora questa tua specializzazione!
    Quello che vorrei davvero vedere (anche se solo in foto) è il cielo dall’elicottero mentre si dipinge di tutte quelle gradazioni di colori durante un tramonto… Magari su uno sfondo infinito che si perde tra le onde del mare fino a perdita d’occhio. Cielo e mare… Ed il sole che si frappone tra i due. 
    Penso sia qualcosa di tanto bello ed emozionante da farti smarrire la realtà. 
    Un saluto e non dimenticare…
    We love you too

    Mathias

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  2. Francesco
    Francesco says:

    Grande Roberto!!!
    Che bello l’elicottero….e che storia! 🙂
    Certo saper pilotare un’eicottero non è cosa da tutti e cosa che si fà tutti i giorni.. (anzi credo che solo dire “sono montato si di un elicottero” sia una cosa alquanto fuori dal comune…
    Non sapevo che avevi fatto venire il pilota dalla Francia perchè in italia il brevetto si prendeva solo in aeronautica….!
    Io ho fatto il militare nel 1994/95 in un battaglione Logistico operativo, e a volte ci capitava di riparare oltre ai camion, le jeep e i carri armati, anche alcuni elicotteri (o meglio i sistemi di volo e puntamento delle armi)…ricordo che ero quasi “stupito” da come un bestione del genere potesse volare!
    Ti prego, continua a raccontarci queste storie….a me personalmente piacciono veramente tanto!!!
    Un Abbraccione! 🙂
    Francesco.

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  3. Claudia Looz
    Claudia Looz says:

    I have been reading your blog & it is so entertaining! Eva is beautiful…very stunning! Lupo looks precious, its nice to see what Lupo looks like, since I read the story about you not being able to take him to do pipi because of the paparazzi outside.

    I love your stories of New York, Dubai, Milan, NY & Vegas. Especially the blackjack…lol. Looks addicting & fun. Your shop in Vegas is beautiful!

    I’m glad to see people like you succeed, not only because you run an amazing line, but you are very down to earth… Knowing the person/name behind the product is important…stay fresh! xoxox Claudia

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