Ada Rogato was born in São Paulo (Brazil) and
was the daughter of Guilherme Rogato and Maria Rosa Grecco Rogato,two Italian immigrants. This brilliant aviator
left a legacy of a great relevance to Brazilian aviation set.
Therefore she must be remembered and respected by the aviation adepts.
Ada was the first Glider female pilot ( nr. 25 ), first parachute folder, first woman to jump with a parachut in São Paulo and and in the South America. In 1940, she received her third
brevet as International Civil Pilot from FAI ( nr. 248 ), and
nr. 1314 to airplanes classes "A and B". Her flights were always in engine planes. In parachuting she was champion
and executed 105 jumps.
In 1941, she discharged from Biological Institut of
São Paulo where she used to work, to participate on the "Semana da Asa" ( Brazilian week for the celebration of
Aviation - "wing week"). She suffered an accident while executing experimental services as an agricultural pilot, fighting against coffee bugs, in 1948. She was hospitalized during 30 days.
Ada always dared. Her main characteristic was to fly solo, even when the airplane lacked of resources. Back in the day, the aviation infra-structure was modest, but it
didn`t stop the intrepid pilot to make innumerous raids.
In 1950, while piloting a Paulistinha CAP-4, the PP-DBL, she covered 7265 miles in 16 hours of flight, also flying over
the Andes. Once again being the female pioneer to do so.
On april 1951, she traveled alone throught 31731
miles in 326 hours of flight on the PT-ADV of 90 HP visiting 28 countries. She took off from the "Fire Land" to the Alaska, making the longest raid
in the longest raid ever as a lonely aviator ( The Three
In 1952, she took part on a flight of 280 Brazilian
airplanes to Argentina, traveling over 2971 miles in 29
hours and 09 minutes. In the same year, she took off on the
small Cessna 140-A from Campo de Marte (SP) to Bolivia,
landing on the highest airport of the world, El Salto, at 13356 ft high. She got over with her ability the rarefaction
air, what caused fall in the engine 's potency.
In 1956, Ada Rogato dared again while flying 15570
miles, in 163 hours of flight, visiting innumerous capitals and flying over part of the Amazon rainforest.
In March of 1960, she took off from Piracicaba ( SP )
to Ushuaia, a village of Patagonia ( in the extreme south
of South America). She was the first pilot to do so. Through hours, Ada had to battle strong winds of 49 ml / hr, making corrections of 45 degrees to maintain the route, having to stand -3ï¿½ C.
She was born in December 22th 1920 and died in
November 17th 1986. Her Memorial Service was at the
Aeronautic Museum of São Paulo, where she had been president.
Ada belonged to several national and foreign entities.
She received many awards, medals, flight licenses,
such as :
|Military Merit ;
|Peace Maker Medal ( Army );
|Santos Dumont Medal Merit;
|Andes Condor Medal ( Bolive );
|Bernardo O' Higgins Medal ( Chile ).