“Once you meet the environment and the people, you just can’t hold yourself but be surrounded with the EUROAVIA culture”
Adriano finished his bachelor’s and master’s studies in Aeronautical Engineering at Universidade da Beira Interior in Portugal. Currently, he is working as a Aircraft Maintenance Engineer at AKKA Technologies in Toulouse, France.
Adriano became part of our association during his undergraduate studies, and he was president of AEROUBI & AS Covilhã during 2015-2016. During the time he was part of the association, Adriano came to believe that the hands-on attitude – personality - and the time management of the young background activities of everyone in EUROAVIA are good triggers for the reason so many good people join EUROAVIA. “Obviously that the love for Aviation and Aerospace play a huge part, but once you meet the environment and the people, you just can’t hold yourself but be surrounded with the EUROAVIA culture” he notes.
His international experience was marked by participating in in the AMEAC 2016, held by AS Bucharest, Romania. “By this time, as being President of AEROUBI & AS Covilhã, our AS was out of the map regarding EUROAVIA activities, thus, after getting in touch with several people from within the association, we had the opportunity to reconnect with EUROAVIA in this event”. There, Adriano was able to understand how the professionalism, the vision and the objectives of the association mixed with the workshops and off-side activities made EUROAVIA so special. It was at the end of AMEAC 2016 that he decided to get more into it and the reason why he decided to join back then PR and I&D Working Groups. The moment that made Adriano feel like EUROAVIA was worth it was the handover and farewell of the IB, led by Nicola Cimmino, former President of AS Napoli, Italy. He continues describing this moment as a true mirror of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry quote, “It's the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important”.
When asked what his best memory from his time in the association was, Adriano notes “It would be wrong to state the best memory as a plain and simple moment. As every good group, company or city, the best memories are always the people and everything you share together”. He believes that EUROAVIA helped with making his mind clear on what he wanted to pursuit, “but better than that, it made easy to identify what were the right pillars in my life”, he continues.
For Adriano, EUROAVIA spirit is all about sharing, not only knowledge, opportunities and activities in Aerospace and Aeronautics area, but mainly attitude, traveling experiences, friendships, and emotions. Every time he is able to talk with students of the area, EUROAVIA pops in as a pretty good ramp up for them. Adriano encourages all students to get in touch with the local Affiliated Society, as it is the first step towards taking part in our association. “What comes after that, is whatever the rollercoaster you are willing to drive!”.