Air League fundraiser features two skilled pilots

Pilots Melanie Astles and Quentin Smith to speak at Air League fundraiser. Photos: Facebook Team Mélanie Astles; Facebook Quentin Smith
Pilots Melanie Astles and Quentin Smith to speak at Air League fundraiser. Photos: Facebook Team Mélanie Astles; Facebook Quentin Smith

Monaco’s Air League is holding a fundraising evening on September 6, from 6 to 8 pm, by the kind permission of Sir Stelios Haji-Ionnou, patron of the Air League of Monaco.  The highlight of the evening will be presentations by two accomplished pilots: Melanie Astles, and Quentin Smith. Melanie is the first female pilot ever to have joined the Red Bull Air Racing Team. A world champion aerobatic pilot, she has won the French aerobatic championships more than once, and is training to be a French Air Force pilot. Melanie is from Monaco and Cap d’Ail and is “looking forward” to speaking to junior members.

Quentin, who will give a short talk, runs a successful helicopter training and maintenance centre. He is a two-time Helicopter Freestyle Aerobatics World Champion, the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a piston engine helicopter and the first person to fly to both North and South Poles by helicopter. He is also one of a small number of pilots to have survived ditching an aircraft in the South Atlantic.

Drinks will be available at €20 each and payment is via an honesty bar, with all proceeds going to the Air League of Monaco. The event will be held on the terrace of easyGroup Holdings Ltd., Avenue de la Quarantaine.

Places limited. Contact to confirm attendance: Vanessa Ilsley – vi@airleague.mc or Susan Webb: jwebb@monaco.mc

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