The Italian Grand Prix is one of the oldest and most historic Grand Prix events. The first Italian Grand Prix was held in 1921 in Brescia, Italy – the first such race to be held outside France – and today the world- renowned event takes place at the Grand Prix circuit in Monza. The 2012 Italian Grand Prix runs September 7 – 9 at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, known locally as “La Pista Magica.” Several access options are available for business jet operators wishing to attend. This is a busy month for Milan as Milan Fashion Week is later in the same month. As always, the best alternatives in aircraft parking and hotel accommodations will be available to those who book as early as possible.
1. Several nearby airports are available
Monza does not have an airport but is located close to Milan, where there are two airport options – Linate (LIML) and Malpensa (LIMC). Operators should also consider Bergamo (LIME), as it’s relatively close to the Monza circuit. Driving time from LIML and LIME to the Monza circuit is about 40 minutes, while you’re looking at closer to one hour when traveling by road from LIMC to Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Aircraft parking for all three airports should be requested as soon as a firm schedule is known, due to increased traffic anticipated over the Italian Grand Prix period. However, please note that last-minute requests may require repositioning to another airport if aircraft parking isn’t available. Your 3rd-party provider will be able to assist you with any aircraft repositioning. Also, some recommended airports for aircraft repositioning were discussed in one of our previous articles: Alternate Aircraft Parking Locations for Italy During the Summer Months.
2. LIML is a preferred airport for many operators
LIML is an Airport of Entry (AOE) and a user-friendly facility for business aircraft. The airport operates 24 hours and accepts Stage 3 movements. Airport slots and PPRs are not required at LIML and full services and credit are available. Major aviation fuel cards are readily accepted, but be aware that jet fuel uplifts anywhere in Italy may be subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) and Mineral Oil Tax (MOT).
3. LIMC has more commercial activity but is also a good option
LIMC is also an AOE and accepts Stage 3 operations 24 hours. Stage 2 movements, however, are banned at LIMC, except in the case of emergency flights with prior approval. No airport slots or PPRs are required. Full services and credit arrangements are possible at LIMC, and major aviation fuel cards are accepted.
4. Additional notification is required when operating to LIME
LIME is a joint civil/military airfield, so advance notification to the ground handler and local authorities is required at this location. LIME is an AOE, and no airport slots are necessary. All aircraft services are available, major aviation fuel cards are accepted, and credit arrangements are possible.
5. Landing permits are required for charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights
While private non-revenue flights do not require landing permits, charter flights do. The Italy charter permit previously made our list of 10 Potentially Challenging International Permits for Business Aviation Operators. If you’ve operated a charter flight to Italy within the past two years, the landing permit lead time is seven working days. Anticipate permit lead time of 45 days if this is your first charter trip to Italy or if it’s been more than two years since you’ve operated there. Documentation required with a landing permit request includes Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), registration and airworthiness certificates, and worldwide insurance with specific wording and format to satisfy Ente Nazionale per L’Aviazone (Italian Civil Aviation Authority or ENAC). ENAC also requires a completed Foreign Operator’s Questionnaire, and this must be submitted directly by the charter operator.
6. Be aware of aircraft parking limitations for charter-aircraft operators
Maximum time permitted on the ground for charter operators at LIML, LIMC, LIME, or any other Italian airports is 36 hours by regulation. In addition, ENAC restricts charter operators to only one stop in Italy. You may be permitted by request landing at more than one location, provided that the same passengers and no additional passengers embark or disembark the aircraft within Italy, per Italy’s cabotage regulation. There’s an exception to the rule in the event that a charter operator must reposition due to lack of aircraft parking availability at the requested destination. It’s recommended that operators work with an experienced 3rd-party provider to assist with Italian charter landing permit requests.
7. Plan hotel and local transport arrangements as early as possible
Many good hotel options are available in the LIML area, including popular large chain hotels. LIMC and LIME have more limited hotel options. It’s recommended that you try to book 4- or 5-star hotels as early as possible, due to high demand over the Italian Grand Prix period. You’ll also need to make local transport arrangements when visiting the Monza circuit, and it’s important to book early due to increased local demand. Rental vehicles are available at all three airports. It’s recommended, however, that you avoid rental vehicles if you’re not familiar with the area due to traffic issues and possible road closures during the event period. Prepaid local transport (car with driver) is the preferred option for many business aircraft operators.
8. Understand all operating restrictions when flying to Italy
As of early 2012, all non-Italian registered aircraft spending more than 45 consecutive days in Italian territory will be subject to a special tax that’s charged based on Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) of the aircraft.
There is an operation ban on airplanes not complying with ICAO Annex 16 Vol. I, Part. II, Chapter 3 (Italian Legislative Decree n.66 dated 18 May 2009, implementation EU Directive 2006/93/CE).
In conformity with Italian Decree n.66 dated 18 May 2009, civil subsonic jet airplanes are not allowed to operate in Italian territory unless they at least comply with the standards of the ICAO Annex 16, Vol. I, Part II, Chapter 3, second edition (1988).
As of 1st October 2010, the prohibition above applies to civil subsonic jet airplanes having MTOW of 34,000 kgs. (74,955 lbs.) or more or a certified maximum passenger seating configuration, excluding crew seats, of more than nineteen.
Whoever infringes these provisions shall be subject to an administrative penalty from 30,000 (thirty thousand) Euro to 150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand) Euro.
The procedures implementing the Italian Decree n. 66 are specified on the Circular APT-34 of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), published on ENAC website.
However, the situation may become more complex since every airport applies local restrictions which are issued in permanent NOTAMs and AIP procedures. For this reason, please refer to special procedures in effect for noise limitations and thrust-reverse use contained in the Italian AIP: AIP ITALY AD-2 LIML 4-1 and 4-9.
Your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler in Italy should be able to provide guidance in this area.
9. Check online for additional information
Information regarding the circuit diagram, date and timetable, ticket purchases, and more can be found on the Formula1 website.
While your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler will be able to provide more options the earlier you book, it’s possible to arrange last-minute aircraft parking and hotel accommodations for those wishing to attend the 2012 Italian Grand Prix, but that may include repositioning to other airports. Charter operators should plan on appropriate landing permit lead times and have all required documentation assembled well in advance.
About Greg Linton
Greg Linton, Manager of the Echo and Large Aircraft Team, is known as a solutions-oriented problem solver. He’s also known as an expert on operations around the globe, particularly to Europe, Africa and China. Since joining Universal in 2000, Greg has facilitated more than 9,100 trip legs. He has represented Universal at numerous industry tradeshows and conventions including the European Business Aviation Association Conference & Exhibition and the National Business Aviation Association Conference. Greg has also been interviewed for and contributed articles to many industry publications. Prior to joining Universal, Greg served as an aircraft maintenance administration supervisor in the United States Marine Corps. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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An FAA-Licensed Dispatcher, Christine Vamvakas is an expert in all areas of trip support services, including TSA Waivers, international visa requirements, aircraft fuel ranges, operations in Greece, and charter operations throughout Europe. A native of Greece, Christine is fluent in Greek and has more than a decade’s experience working in trip support services with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Having served as Master Trip Owner and Team Lead for Universal’s Charter Management Team, Christine has facilitated thousands of international trip legs and uses that experience in her role as Universal’s Operations Communications Manager. Christine holds a bachelor of science degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration. Her expert commentary has been included in multiple business aviation publications. You can reach Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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