The Airport is located in the territory south of the main city of the Frignano territory, called "The Plains of Pavullo." In the early postwar period, due to its particular morphology and favorable meteorological conditions, this area attracted the interest of Luigi Teichfuss and Umberto Nannini, enthusiasts of aeronautics and in particular of Gliding.


It was established by the will of the Podestà of Pavullo Comm. Lawyer Vincenzo Ghibellini and Provincial Federal Secretary Comm. Guido Corni, who proved to be true visionaries with this choice at the time. Its function and identity was initially as a makeshift field for airliners in transit on the Rome-Milan route, but the project was far more ambitious and soon began to find fruition.


The first course of the "Gliding Flight School," a preparatory and compulsory activity for entering higher flight schools, the antechamber to the Military Academy, is held, and 27 students are patented.


The then Undersecretary of the Air Force Italo Balbo personally examined the organizational, training and promotional aspects, appreciating the area's characteristics, which were ideal for flying, and the high quality of educational activities.


Aerial view of the hangar and tents: clearly visible areas of work done on the ground, still without grassing.


Following Royal Decree no. 1610, on July 2 the makeshift field assumed the status of Regio Aeroporto, named after Giulio Paolucci, a young aviator from Romagna who tragically fell in 1928 on the meadows of Pavullo.


The pre-Olympics in Berlin were accessed for the first time by aeronautical specialties with gliding, and Italy participated with its center of excellence: Pavullo; the glider Orione, designed and manufactured by Luigi Teichfuss in Pavullo and piloted by then Airport Commander Capt. Umberto Nannini won the gold medal.


In the foreground is the Teichfuss Sparrowhawk, the first glider designed with the distinctive "seagull wings," designed and built in Pavullo.


On August 5, at 4 p.m., it was all over: the Germans undermined the airport and in a single explosion razed every building and destroyed the runway.


In the early 1950s the absence of hangars and barracks, present until 1944, is noted, replaced by three Morteo sheds surrounded by haystacks.


World War II and the immediate post-war period marked a time of decline for the Paolucci activities, which did not recover until the 1960s, with the rediscovery of the area by an active group of paratroopers and a growing gliding movement.


These two activities, parachuting mainly, which saw its main creators in Ariodante Mazzacurati, Roberto Marzoli, Col. Romani, were that bridge that allowed the airport structure to be ferried from the postwar period to the modern era and to hand over the baton to a renewed Aero Club.


The new housing for paratroopers and offices of the Parachute School, still located in the old shed.


The planting of the distributor is concluded: recognizable Roberto Marzoli.


The Air Force decides to transfer Pavullo Airport to the Civil Estate.


It began the current course of Aero Club Pavullo, then called Club Aereo, which saw the association active in the strenuous defense against the building aggression of the airport and the identity reappropriation of its operational and legal role: the airport was not recognized by the Municipal Administration. A real legal and political battle that has been an example for many Italian airports and other local governments. Alongside Aero Club Pavullo has never lacked the presence, support and cooperation of Civilavia, now ENAC.


Late 1980s, poor condition of structures and grounds.


The first headquarters of the Air Club is built by salvaging a prefabricated structure decommissioned from a local ski resort.


ENAC entrusts Pavullo State Civil Airport under operational management to Aero Club Pavullo. Also in that year ENAC Bologna decided to hold the commemoration ceremony of Our Lady of Loreto right in Pavullo, which was transported by a helicopter of the Fire Department. To date, the statue of Our Lady of Loreto represents the only element that has remained unchanged over the course of the various works to expand the Airport area.


Opening at the airport of the Emilia Romagna Region's 4th Base for Helicopter rescue, the first and only one with a winch for HHO operations.


Design of the new Paolucci begins with the drafting of the development master plan.


Acquisition of land necessary for the upgrading of the airport and execution of development works. The old, historic access road to the Airport is demolished.


Work begins on widening and asphalting the runway, siding and first apron.


Inspection of the newly paved track by Daniele Bonvicini and Friederic Fischer.


Completion of asphalt work and, on August 5, testing and inauguration of the track, siding and small plaza.


A number of works are completed in September, most notably the final fencing of operational areas and the external road system.


Expansion works: helicopter pad relocation, new access road, new car parking area, new aircraft parking area, new Helicopter Base location.


The renovated office building.


The new Helicopter Rescue Base, opened on Dec. 6.


Construction of the new fuel stations, with two Jet A1 columns and with avgas and mogas.


June 9, inauguration of Hangar 3.


In June, the runway and aprons were repaved, including with consolidation to contain cracks and with implementation of lighted visual aid systems for helicopter night flight. Part of the work was done at night by the light of tower-lights, with trucks loaded with asphalt arriving without the hindrance of traffic: this was to ensure higher temperature of the material and, consequently, higher quality of the work done.


In June, the new footpath, laid out on the west side of the airport area and, compared to the previous one, further away from the runway fence, was paved as well, and was inaugurated on July 27.


Major international-style events hosted at the Airport begin, with the World Gliding Championships.


They begin evening concerts at the Airport, gaining much approval from the local community and beyond.


VFR & Fun. The fair, which began as a simple gathering, is the only event in Europe for the entire aviation industry.


Celebrations for 110 years of Aero Club of Italy. For the first time in history, the celebration is leaving Rome and being held at an Airport.


The Paolucci is hosting the World Gliding Final Grand Prix Championship and the EAC 2023 European Power Aerobatics Championship.


Available collector’s boxed set, in 3 volumes, on the complete history of the Airport.

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