The international seaplane base and water aerodrome of Como
The base at Como has been, since the origins of Italian aviation, an organisation of primary importance, although institutionalised into the national and international airport system of Italy in the 1930's, Como has facilitated seaplane operations since 1913, but it wasn't until the 1930's that continuous activity began.
The ATZ on the ICAO map 1:500.000.
The reassessment of regulations in the 1980's was published in the G.U n.96 of the 26/04/86, of the D.M to determine management of landing on the water surface of Como. In 1989, the minister of transport and the management of civil aviation provided, via the competent management of Malpensa airport, regulations of limitation of crossing the aerodrome surface, marked by the signal buoys, of boats and aircraft. The regulations in place were reiterated in the Lombardia region rulings.
At the Seaplane base of Como, during the course of the years of military operations, associations and entities of various fields used the Como base, however in the post war period, the presence of the Aero Club Como was established at the base, a non profit organisation that is federated to the Aero Club of Italy and the CONI (the Olympic Commitee).
Areas and circuits.
Como water aero-
drome in the'AIP.
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In 1986, the minister of civil protection and fire-fighting services guaranteeing the services described in the CAT 1 ICAO for all airport traffic to be managed by the Aero Club Como.
In 1987, the superintendant for the environmental and architectural binds in the stadium and hangar area called for their architectural typology and their close ties to events in the city to be part of a refined and unified urban complex.
The seaplane base of Como consists of a water aerodrome owned by the state, including the signal buoys as well as the typical facilities for birthing and mooring. The base also includes the ground appliances of the workshop, offices and other buildings all recognised by the department of district airports.
The area classified as "historical" including
the stadium, the hangar and the related buildings.
During the years of service, the size of the land structures of the seaplane base have been steadily reduced with respect to the areas used in the 1930's, many post war buildings that surrounded the hangar have been either removed or put to other uses. The construction of the promenade along the lakefront used up more space, as well as the mass urbanisation of the area; leading to a private car park being constructed for the base. After the definitive removal of the heliport, efforts were made in the 80's and 90's to construct a floating helipad for emergency use, but this would have been too costly. Como therefore remains one of the very few European cities without a heliport.
A further reduction took place at the beginning of the 80's following the construction of a pumping station on the lake; the slipway an essential operational structure was moved.
The heliport and the parking and for existed until the end of the seventies when this part of the yard was transformed into a vehicle car park.
The heliport and the araea west of the hangar used to belong to the
seaplane base until the 70's.
An international airport since the 30s, the seaplane base of Como has become well known during recent decades and has attracted many seaplane owners from around the world.
Customs controls on a seaplane coming from
an extra-Schengen country.
At the seaplane base, several foreign aircraft have landed; even aircraft of large size have landed on the lake, such as the Grumman Albatross or the Dornier 24. Furthermore two aircraft have made stops at Como while completing a world tour.
Today the seaplane base is part of national and international movements, the Aero Club Como, as well as offering fire fighting services as well as emergency services, works with the customs and border forces of the state. The international seaplane base of Como is an essential structure in the Italian and European airport system; it represents an important patrimony for the region of the lake thanks to the many services provided, Such are recognized by the local authorities and the Regional management.
The land infrastructure's of the seaplane base seen amongst the background of great architectural
and urban interest.
Since the beginning...
From the beginning of aviation – even just after the first flight on the lake in 1913 – the waters of the 1st basin of Lake Como have been grounds for flight and experimentation for seaplanes constructed in Lombardy.
On the left, the Breda A-4HS; on the right, the Bossi, with Castel Baradello in the background.
Special aspects of the Como seaplane base
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The Como seaplane base in historical publications for pilots
Seaplanes visiting the base at Como
Water landing surfaces
Civil protection at the seaplane base
Special vehicles at the seaplane base
An area subject to natural disasters