Porto Aviation Group is an innovative start-up, born in the summer 2016 with the aim of designing, developing and producing airplanes of excellence; the headquarters are located in Cremella (Lecco) in northern Italy, an ideal place already interwoven with high technology and innovation which is also an interesting touristic destination, Lake Como among others.
The primary objective is to industrialize the Risen models production and then continue the development of future more complex airplanes.
The preliminary Risen project was first born in Alberto Porto’s mind in the spring of 1995; however the times and market were not ready for this advanced aircraft. The project was consequently put on hold while the fluid dynamics firm Porto Ricerca increased its expertise in fluid dynamics consulting and high level engineering. The company grew very quickly as a result of successful partnerships with car manufacturers and top level Formula 1 teams such as Minardi and Ferrari; Porto Ricerca also worked on successful projects in the boat racing world, the America’s Cup, Swedish Victory Challenge Team, Volvo Ocean Race Team New Zealand and Amer Sport One with top yacht designer German Frers. Porto Ricerca also has been very active working with the aircraft industry. The company is a distributor and learning center for some of the most advanced fluid dynamics softwares available. This brought Porto Ricerca’s team into partnerships with Agusta, Aerea, Aermacchi, Alenia, Meteor, Pilatus Aircraft, VulcanAir, OMA-Sud, Piaggio Aero Industry and Selex Galileo Avionica.
The experience acquired during the years of consulting for these major aerospace and aircraft companies resulted in the expertise that led to the exceptional Risen design. These years also helped to refine and improve the safety, efficiency and beauty of the Risen that you can buy today.
We knew this project had to take many years to be achieved. The economic crisis was in progress and instead of selling consultancy and know-how in a depressed market, we decided to invest on the project enough resources for one year of full engineering, FEA analysis, fluid dynamics simulations and to build the first flying Prototype.
At the beginning of 2010 Alberto Porto and his partners started construction of the first Risen prototype. In the sunny morning of March 12, 2012, the Risen aircraft made its maiden flight. The first word the test pilot said after landing was "Unbelievable!".
In April 2013, after 100 hours of flight tests, the project was ready to be disclosed to a group of investors. Their participation resulted in the formation of the SEA company. While the prototype flight tests continued, the building of the first production aircraft and production tools commenced. This production aircraft was unveiled on April 15th 2015 at Aero, in Friedrichshafen (Germany), the global show for general aviation.
On December 16th 2015 Risen set a new world speed record for this catagory of aircraft reaching over 323 Km/h with the standard Rotax ULS 100hp engine. The record was set by the Risen designer Alberto Porto.
Do you want to visit us and try the world record aircraft? No problem, we will support you in planning your visit.
The final assembly and flight test site is located in Voghera Rivanazzano airport (LILH) which is in the northern part of Italy in Lombardy region. If you prefer to come with your own aircraft, you need just to coordinate with us in order to land. It has a asphalt runway of 1123 meters length. There are many hotels available in the surroundings.
The close by international airports are Milano Linate LIN and Milano Malpensa MXP, both at about at about 1h driving time. There are several direct connections going to Milan airports from European countries and the rest of the world.
We can help you to organize a rental car or pick you up. Please make an appointment in advance to make sure someone of our team will have time to show you around.
Lombardy is a perfect destination for those who love mountain holidays in front of the beautiful scenery of the Alps. From Lake Garda to Lake Maggiore and Como to Valtellina by way of Milan.
Nevedeless from Cremella or Voghera you can also reach the coasts of the Tyrrhenian sea or the Adriatic sea just few driving hours away. Nice in France or Switzerland are close by touristic destinations.