IDINTOS, eulogy to uncertainty
By Sergio Barlocchetti

IDINTOS, eulogy to uncertainty

It is said that war and shortage of resources fuel progress. It might sound like the motto of those who must adapt to more difficult living conditions – who are satisfied with little – but if we look at the most revolutionary inventions and theories we note that they were thought of or created by those who were not living in ideal conditions. Galileo Galilei, for example, was armed only with a telescope and doubts, the Wright brothers with the manual skills needed to build bicycles, Colombo with wrong navigation charts, Apollo 13 with a computer as powerful as a millionth of our mobile phones. Looking closer, this is how Idintos was born: a Region that is taking a chance, some visio- naries who are trying something different by putting ideas together, ra- cking their brains around shapes that aviation purists would abandon in order to remain within the confines of their certainties. We like it because Idintos clashes in a world in which marketing controls even the colour of the bag of biscuits, in which everything, unfortunately even humans, have a planned and scheduled life. But it is not for those who want to fly like us. We do not need to know the street around the bend, the valley behind the mountains, just to move forward. If indeed there was no longer any danger, if staying in the air by controlling a flying machine could really become a game for children, the pilots would increase quickly maybe even be as numerous as motorists, but aviators would disappear in a few months. And as long as the battle with gravity results in a draw, safety will remain first and foremost a mental state. It is curious for a technician like me to say something like this, with my studies based on accuracy, scientific rigour and calculations. But the point is this : ask yourself if it is possible to go beyond what is already learned and studied from professors. In a word: challenge! The fear that the crowd has of something different is suffered by aviators, teetering in the air (D’Annunzio) has forced people to think that flying is something eternally uncertain, a precarious state for the daring. None of this is true. Behind Idintos there are only those who think differently, who have the courage to create in the air shapes never dared before, to create a cabin where man can live without worrying while moving quickly between earth, sky and water. The Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo reminds us that we have nurtured the different, the crazy, the troublemakers, those foolish enough to believe they could change the world and the only ones in the end who have really changed it.

By Sergio Barlocchetti

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