Italian pilot unfurls wings in Southwest China

Updated: May 27, 2022 By TAN YINGZI and DENG RUI in Chongqing China Daily Print
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Farinon speaks to fellow pilots during a technical seminar organized by the airline. [Photo/China Daily]

In his spare time, he studies aviation incidents, accidents and investigations.

He also serves as a part-time technical assistant for the airline's foreign pilots, and in its training and safety departments.

The studious captain has a habit of taking notes every day, jotting down information from special investigations, case studies by foreign civil aviation authorities or experts, and his own opinions. He said he uses the notes as a quick reference at work.

"They are the most systematic and complete notes I've ever seen by a captain," said Dai, who added that they extend to thousands of pages.

On his days off, Farinon spends most of his time with his wife and their two young daughters.

"My husband is a responsible and cheerful father who is completely dedicated to his family," Huang said.

Farinon loves to visit historical places and sample local cuisine, and has a particular love of hot pot. He said that after many years of living in Asia, he now basically eats Chinese food.

"Chinese culture is just like hot pot, in which any food can be cooked. And Chongqing's open and diverse culture helps me better fit in," he said.

Having been separated from his family for more than two years due to the pandemic, Farinon said he gets a lot of consolation from local people, despite feeling homesick. "I feel welcomed. They always try to talk to me."

A volleyball player and scuba diver, since he met his wife in 2014, the couple have traveled a lot-hiking all over Asia and Europe and skiing in the Alps.

"The landscape is very beautiful in China as well, that's why I travel a lot," said Farinon, who is planning to teach his elder daughter to ski at Xiling Snow Mountain in Sichuan province this coming winter.

"I can see myself working here for the long term," he said, adding he is happy with the airline and hopes to become one of its flight instructors.

"I feel very lucky and happy. I'm doing the job I've always wanted. I have been able to settle down with my family and enjoy a happy and stable life."

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