In remembrance of Hans Gutmann, his friends of the Austrian and Luxembourg Aero-Club Karl Brandstetter and Jean Birgen have taken up the organisation of the 1st Memorial flight Rally Hans Gutmann. Departing on 16 June 2012 from Gragnano Trebbiense, Italy, the pilots will stop in France, Spain, Portugal and France before arriving in Bitburg, Germany, on 23/24 June. Pilots can participate in one or several stages of the flight.
The arrival will take place during the Bitburg Aviation Expo Europe, also the location of the 1st International Air Navigation Race (22 to 23 June).
The Flight Rally will honour the memory of Hans Gutmann who was a well-known pilot and event organiser who held several positions within the FAI including President of the FAI General Aviation Commission. This was the position he held when he tragically died on board his plane near Piacenza, Italy, on 18 June 2011.
The programme of the Memorial flight is as follows: