pilot profile / Anna, 41, Italy
The third Womens Paragliding Open is just around the corner and the Italian organiser is local pilot Anna Capodaglio. We got her to answer a few questions about herself.
Where do you live / where do you come from
With my husband I have a company of digital signage and next month I’m opening a second hand shop for children’s toys, clothes etc.
Marital / family status / is your partner a pilot? I’m married and my husband is a pilot
Do you have or want children in the future?
I have not children and I don’t want it
What does ‘Freedom’ mean to you? What gives you freedom?
Freedom is the possibility to decide anythings by myself without waiting for some other people to say to me what is better to do or what I can’t do.
If you had one wish in the world, what would it be? For yourself or anyone or anything?
I think it could be very nice to enjoy life 24/24 when you are young and start to work when you are aged…
When, how and why did you start paragliding?
I tried a tandem and decided to start to fly, in 2007
Why do you still do it?
I still do it because it’s a ‘race with myself’ for go further than my limits
Do you prefer XC, acro, soaring…? and what are your goals in paragliding?
I like XC and my goal is to do any year more than last year
Gin Sprint Evo
Advance Impress 2
Vario / gps?
Very old… I’m waiting to change them! Flytec and Garmin XC
Do you log your flights?
I don’t log all my flights… only the best…
Memorable flying experience: the best one?
My first 50km!!! Last year near Dolomites.
How do you handle fear? Flying, on take-off, etc?
I try to manage the fear by being well prepared on everything I do; for example, before I get to take off safely wherever, I practiced a lot with the inflations. I try not to let too many things ‘to chance’ but to make them ‘mine’ a little at a time.