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via email from Joan Juanola, 5-17-04
     En primer lugar darle las gracias y felicitarle por su web.
     En el apartado dedicado a los primeros aviadores españoles aparece Heraclio Alfaro Fournier como primer aviador español, el 1914.
     En 1909 el ingeniero catalán Gaspar Brunet Viadera construyó un aeroplano y se hicieron pruebas, pilotado por el corredor motociclista italiano Ravelli, en el hipódromo de Can Tunis (Barcelona). El mismo año se expuso en la Exposición Regional Valenciana, equipado con un motor Anzani de 25 HP. El 5 de setiembre de 1909 y pilotado por Juan Olivert consiguió un vuelo de 45 metros, en Paterna (Valencia).
     El 8 de octubre de 1910, Ravelli hizo pruebas en Moncada (Valencia) con el Brunet 2.
     Del 12 al 18 de junio de 1912 se celebró la "II Setmana de l'Aviació de Barcelona" (II semana de la aviación de Barcelona). En ella tomó parte el piloto José Gonzalez Camó con un monoplano Gonzalez, que no llegó a despegar. En este mismo encuentro también participó Manuel Menéndez Valdés con un monoplano Deperdussin, propiedad del piloto francés Lecombe .
     El 15 de octubre de 1912 el piloto catalán Luís Foyé Barella obtuvo el título de piloto nº 21 de España en la Escuela Farman de Etampes.
Joan Juanola
Fundació Parc Aeronàutic de Catalunya

via email from Joan Juanola, 5-17-04
     In the first place, I want to thank you and congratulate you for your website.
      In the section dedicated to the first Spanish aviators it appears that Heraclio Alfaro Fournier was first Spanish aviator, in 1914.
      In 1909, Catalan engineer Gaspar Brunet Viadera built an airplane which was tested by the Italian motorcyclist Ravelli, at the race course of Dog Tunis (Barcelona). In that same year, it was exhibited in the Valencian Regional Exhibition, equipped with a Anzani motor of 25 HP. On the 5th of September, 1909, piloted by Juan Olivert, a flight of 45 meters was made in Paternal (Valencia).
     On the 8th of October, 1910, Ravelli made some test flights in Moncada (Valencia) with a Brunet 2.
     From the 12th to the 18th of June, 1912, the "II Setmana of l'Aviació of Barcelona" was celebrated; (II week of the aviation of Barcelona). The pilot Jose Gonzalez Camó took part in it with a Gonzalez monoplane that did not get to take off. In this same encounter, Manuel Menéndez Valdés participated with a Deperdussin monoplane. It was the property of French pilot Lecombe.
      On the 15th of October, 1912, Catalan pilot Luís Foyé Barella obtained the pilot license nº 21 of Spain in the Farman School de Etampes.
Joan Juanola
Fundació Parc Aeronàutic de Catalunya

     If you search for "Giovanni Ravelli", using the Google search engine, (5-18-04), you will find about 3250 links! If you search on "Gionanni Ravelli +aviation", you will find about five links. Most of them simply repeat his role in the developement of Moto Guzzi. As an example, you might want to visit the website just below.

     This page is one of several which offer an English translation of the story of Moto Guzzi:
The history of Moto-Guzzi is beautiful, it the one of a meeting of 3 mechanics impassioned, coming from extremely different social classes. When the 1st war bursts, Carlo Guzzi is engaged as plane mechanic. He became friendship with two plane pilots loving motor bike: Giorgio Parodi and Giovanni Ravelli. The evening to relax them a bit, they speak about motor-bike and Carlo draws up its great ideas on the motor bike which he would like to build. Soon, they make a pact, As soon as the war will be finished, they will launch out in this project. Carlo Guzzi will build the motor bikes, Giorgio Parodi , son of a rich family of Genova ship-owners will deal with the financing, and Giovanni Ravelli , a well known motor bike pilot, he will be charged to make shine the motor bike in races. Unfortunately, he died in an air crash, little after the war. It is in his memory, that the trademark, an eagle with the spread wings, refers to aviation."

     Most of the other links are simply variations of the same story, although most of them are in Italian. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

       Giovanni Ravelli died in a plane crash shortly after the end of WW I.  
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