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Chapman Freeborn coordinates helicopter charter for Rain of Poems over Milan

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has played a key role in a high-profile public art event that has seen 100,000 poems dropped from the skies over the city of Milan, Italy.

Following the last successful event in London in 2012, also supported by Chapman Freeborn, it was the charter specialist’s Italian team that arranged the charter of an Agusta 109 helicopter to drop the poems over Milan’s Cathedral Square.

The aptly named Rain of Poems event, organised by Chilean art collective Casagrande, aims to commemorate cities that have suffered from aerial bombings in the past.

As well as the London event, Chapman Freeborn has previously assisted in the arrangements of poetry bombing events in Berlin (2010) and Warsaw (2009), with previous events taking place over Santiago de Chile, Dubrovnik and Gernika.

Over six thousand people came to watch the display and catch poems written by over 80 contemporary authors from Chile and Italy.

Chapman Freeborn’s Italian team were on hand to provide the extensive air charter expertise required for an operation of this kind, with over 20 separate types of permission needed to be secured for the helicopter flight over the city.

Anna Pizzagalli, Passenger Manager Executive at Chapman Freeborn adds: “We are delighted to have been a part of this successful event for the fourth time. Sourcing the correct permits, permissions and ideal aircraft was not simple but our experience allowed us to ensure the operation ran smoothly, making for a perfect Rain of Poems event in Milan”