In memoriam Nino Villari

With great sadness I have to inform you, that Antonio ‘Nino’ Villari passed away on 25th November 2020 in the age of 72. With Nino we not only lost the initiator and coordinator of the Antarctica4XPlane development, but also a wonderful, humorous and fun-loving person.

Matthias: “I met Nino on 17th April 2015 in the X-Plane.org forum. Nino was looking for a developer who would like to help him creating a virtual rendition of the Antarctic continent for the flight simulator X-Plane, because that part of the earth wasn’t covered in the simulator by default. A very ambitious endeavor, but Nino knew very well with his humorous nature how to keep the development team motivated. With his huge knowledge about Antarctica and his numerous ideas for a virtual rendition of Antarctica, Nino made the most significant contribution to what Antarctica4XPlane is today.

I would go even further and claim that one thing is certain: Without Nino, Antarctica4XPlane would not exist. Nino had the initial idea, took care of coordinating the development team and of getting all the necessary information for the development. Nino’s passion for the project was more than remarkable and his effort peerless. Nino did even bother to get in touch with countless scientists around the globe. The result is arguably the most extensive and comprehensive catalog of information about airfields and research stations on the Antarctic continent that has ever been put together.

Nino and I had wonderful but far too few years together. We were, if not daily, then at least weekly in touch with each other. So we became close friends, even if we never had the opportunity to meet each other in person. The loss is all the more painful as it was impossible to say goodbye. My thoughts are with his family: I’m missing Nino along with you!

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Pedro: “Grazie mille, Nino, for your ever vibrant friendliness and humour. Your sun still shines over Antarctica.

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Paolo: “I’m very sorry. I met Nino in person some years ago, at the very beginning of the Antarctica4XPlane project, when we first meet with Prof. Zanutta at the University of Bologna to show him this project and seek some form of scientific collaborations. Nino was truly passionate about this project, and only thanks to him, his passionate work and his motivational attitude this project was possible. I’ve still on my physical desktop his Antarctica bases catalog publication which he gifted me some years ago. This news made me really sad and sorry.

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Walter: “The news shook me very much and made me sad. Although I didn’t know Nino that well, I feel great pain. I will miss the enthusiasm with which he developed and communicated his ideas for Antarctica4XPlane. My thoughts are with him.

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Cami: “Dearest friends, cari familiari di Nino Villari, My sincere condolences! No words to friends and family at this moment can describe how sorry I am for your loss. I just wanna to remind, that Nino made friends around the world, gave all of us love and friendship. I’ll miss you Nino!

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Aleksey: “My eyes are still wet while weeks have gone since I heard that Nino passed away forever. What a shock to suddenly find out that he is not with us anymore. Very sad I could to work with him so little. Rest in peace our dear Nino. We will try our best to continue what you started.

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Ralph: “My dear friend Nino, it was a pleasure knowing you, even we never met in person. May your soul rest in peace.

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Vladislav: “Condolences to the loss of our comrade. We will miss him very much!