We are pleased to inform that on May 17, 2021 Avioportolano srl signed a supply agreement with Leonardo Spa, the main Italian company in the Aerospace, Defense and Security sector, among the top ten players globally. This agreement provides that - at the customer's request - the 1: 500,000 VFR navigation charts produced by Avioportolano srl with information relating to the Italian airfields and airfields are installed in the "Generator of digital maps on board helicopters" produced by Leonardo SPA.
The first contacts between Avioportolano srl and Leonardo spa date back to November 2016 with the presentation and discussion - at the Sesto Calende headquarters - of the "European Cartographic Project for low-altitude flight" conceived and developed by Avioportolano srl specifically for flight by helicopter.
The "Cartographic Project for low-altitude flight" did not find - on that occasion - an outlet but was nevertheless shared by Avioportolano srl with the University Institute of Architecture of Venice - Degree Course in Urban Planning as a basis for study to be developed as part of a dedicated educational internship in which undergraduate students with specialization in Thematic Cartography participated for a year.
The path followed and the experience developed led Avioportolano srl to create the VFR cartography and airport approach maps extended to the entire universe of Italian airfields and airfields at a dedicated scale of 1: 25,000 in compliance with ICAO specifications and provisions contained in EU Regulation 73/2010.
The Avioportolano products - and the methods of realization - were finally subjected to the verification procedure ISO 9001-2015 up to obtaining the quality certification of Avioportolano srl for the "Production, management and provision of the aeronautical and related information service AIS (Aeronautical Information Service) publications for visual flight (VFR) ". Certification issued by Bureau Veritas on 11 November 2019 and still valid.
- Boundaries updated and / or integrated information relating to approximately 38% of national airspace.
- 540 runways published (excluding disused ones).
- 317 runways updated (after 01/02/2019).
- 5 abandoned runways.
- 8 new runways.
- The new VFR sectors have been introduced with specific graphics for the moment limited to the Adige Valley and Cles.
- The spaces P, R and D that are not active 24 hours a day have been designed with lighter graphics to distinguish them from those active 24 hours a day, facilitating their identification. The abbreviation "Temp" has also been inserted on the label.
- The information relating to the days and times in which they are active has been included in the label of controlled airspaces that are not operational all week H24 (for example Aviano).
- All radio frequencies have been revised and updated, homologating them to the standard and to the new provisions relating to 8.33 kHz spacing..
- Positioned and identified DME Distance Measuring Equipment.
- TRedesigned the descriptive figures relating to the "Classification of Air Spaces in Italy" on the back of the card.
- Updated the graphic summaries of the "Terminal and Control Areas" on the back of the paper.
- Fixed errors reported by users.
- Edited the covers.
The new product of the year
THE VFR FLIGHT MANUAL AAI ITALY
The first Avioportolano product after certification is the VFR FLIGHT MANUAL AAI ITALY. 300 pages in Italian and English which report in simplified form the AIP Italy and all the special regulations of Italy.
The VFR FLIGHT MANUAL AAI ITALY provides information- technical, procedural (national and international) regulations necessary and sufficient to support pilots on planning VFR flights within Italian airspace. It integrates official information concerning aerodromes, with Italian regulation about Registered Airfields, Helipads and Unregistered Airfields.
This manual brings the full package of Italian legislation that regulates flying under VFR together in a single, bilingual source (Italian and English). It also groups the relevant information together into sections, chapters, paragraphs and indexes to guide the reader and to help them to familiarise with VFR in Italy, making it simpler to search for different subjects of their specific interest.
All AIP information required for pilots and regarding flying under VFR has been included, keeping the original language and translations.
Of the other specific Italian laws regulating flight under VFR, only information concerning pilots has been included, and is placed in subject order, maintaining – in this case, too – the original legislation, together with English translations.
A third part of this manual offers a thorough description – as well as of the Airports – of the whole network of registered airfields and – a specifically Italian characteristic - unregistered airfields (suitable areas not included in AIP Italia, where it is permitted to land, take off, hold flying lessons, and transport passengers with certified aircraft and ULM), for which information has been collected and provided by AAI - Avioportolano Air Information Service.
This manual also describes the content and the methods for consulting AIS products for VFR.
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Click here to see the video that explains in detail the AAI Italy vfr Manual (English Version)
AVIOPORTOLANO IS AIS CERTIFIED COMPANY
ISO 9001: 2015 quality certification issued to Avioportolano srl for the AIS aeronautical information service provided in compliance with international regulations and directives for air navigation
After 32 years of activity in the aeronautical information sector, Avioportolano srl has reached an important milestone and a fundamental recognition.
On September 30, 2019, the inspectors of "Bureau Veritas" - an independent accredited certification body and a world leader in the inspection and verification of companies' compliance with international regulations - issued the ISO 9001: 2015 quality certification to Avioportolano srl for the "Production, management and provision of aeronautical information services and related AIS (Aeronautical Information Service) publications for visual flight VFR (Visual Flight Rules)" in compliance with the provisions and recommendations of ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization (Annex 15 - Aeronautical Information Services).
The international certification standard ISO 9001: 2015 defines the requirements of the systems that companies must adopt in managing the quality of their products. Accredited bodies - such as "Bureau Veritas" - inspect and verify the compliance of production processes with these regulations.
The certification was obtained by Avioportolano srl at the end of a long and demanding path started in 2018 during which the individual processes of acquisition, processing and return of aeronautical data that are followed by Avioportolano for the realization were analyzed in detail, verified and approved. of its AIS products with particular reference to aeronautical cartography and information relating to the geography of airspace, airports, airfields and ULM airfields.
Avioportolano srl - at the end of this process - therefore ranks among the first three European private AIS companies which - although not certified by a member state of the European Union - produce, manage and provide original and unpublished data, certifying the level of quality in terms of of accuracy, resolution, integrity and traceability.
The AIS products of Avioportolano srl - cartography, cards, volumes in paper and digital format - will henceforth be combined and identified with the initials "AAI Service" (Avioportolano Aeronautical Information Service). Furthermore, in compliance with the procedural obligations and development programs that Avioportolano srl has undertaken to respect, the "AAI Service" aeronautical information package will be integrated with the publication - by December 2019 - of a specific technical / regulatory manual for the management of the VFR flight in Italy in Italian and English.
New Plates Avioportolano
491 NEW APPROACH CARDS AVAILABLE ON NAVIGATION SOFTWARE
On 15 August 2019 we significantly changed the approach maps of 491 Italian runways: airports, airfields and ULM airfields
These changes have been sent and are available for download on the following navigation programs: Sky Demon, Air Navigation Pro, Foreflight, Sky Map, Airmate, Rocket Route. The changes that have been made greatly improve both the readability and the display in flight on the navigation programs and are the following:
- The obstacles have been updated based on what is reported in AIP ENR 5.4, including also the linear ones; we inform you that secondary obstacles (such as low voltage power lines or telephone lines) are not detected in AIP and therefore are not represented;
- Increased in number and downsize the labels with the names of streets, waterways and urban centers;
- Increased the detail of the buildings in the inhabited centers;
- Redefined the viewing scales
- Approved to VFR 1,500,000 Avioportolano paper the colors relating to the borders of the CTA and TMA;
- Avioportolano codes have also been added on runways with ICAO name;
- The Avioportolano identification codes have been inserted in the VACs that contain several runways.
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MONTAGNANA RUNWAYS: WE REPORT THE PREFERENTIAL
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June appointment on the Montagnana airfield for the AIR SHOW which includes a substantial air program including the presence of the FLY Team.
On this occasion we propose the Visual Approach Chart. We decided to graphically indicate the preferential track with the green finish. Therefore:
- Green final: preferential track
- Red final: landing ban
- Yellow finish: landing with caution.
It is an experimental initiative that will be extended to all the VACs of the slopes that include one or more of the warnings indicated. The modified Montagnana VAC will be included in the Airmate, Sky Demon, Air Navigation Pro, Foreflight and Sky Map software, the next AIRAC update in June.
UPDATED APPROACH AND LANDING CHARTS OF SIBARI TRACK
From Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June in Sibari (CS11 - Sibari Scalo) the "Sibari Air Show" will be held: a national gathering that includes a rich program full of events among which the "Aero Media Festival" stands out.
Avioportolano updated the approach and landing maps as well as information on the runway for the occasion. These updates will be visible on the navigation programs with the next AIRAC cycle on June 24th. In the meantime, the updated maps can be downloaded in the download area of our site www.avioportolano.it clicking here . More details on the event are available clicking here:
FROM 10 TO 12 May ON THE LAKE TRASIMENO ALL TO THE AIR FESTIVAL
AVIOPORTOLANO will be present at the SPRING MEETING, which will be held at the beautiful Castiglione del Lago Airport (PG20) from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May. The appointment in Castiglione is an event that has been repeated for over 20 years, not to be missed weather permitting.
APPROACH PROCEDURE IN RADIO SILENCE
The approach procedure without radio transmission is frequently followed in the United States even in situations of intense traffic. One of the most important examples is that of the Sun'n'Fun event, where thousands of planes take off and land without the pilots talking via radio with the operator on the ground. Therefore maintaining radio silence (only listening) on the 130.000 (Castiglione Biga (traffic information)) without ever using transmission except in cases where it is strictly necessary. Castiglione Biga (traffic information) provides the QNH on which to set the on-board altimeter. It also provides information on your relative position (for example: "red high wing plane you are third on final") or launches alert messages (for example:"red high wing plane on final pull up immediately!").The pilot must never respond to this information. Many people know that, traditionally, in Castiglione, it is possible to receive less "professional" communications or even dangerous threats via radio.These too, must never be answered.
What is important is that everyone follows the precise rules that we have summarized in the Visual Approach Chart. Set the altimeter on the QNH transmitted by the Biga (traffic information) and keep 1500 FT downwind at a distance of 1000/1200 m from the runway (which is about 800 m). An approximate ground reference is shown on the map. Keep a good distance from the aircraft before you and follow it. Do not anticipate the base turn. Start the base turn when the aircraft before you is at three o'clock. If it is slower than you extend the downwind and start the base turn when you see it at four o'clock. There is a No Fly Zone to respect that affects the shores of Lake Trasimeno. The maps published here can be downloaded in PDF format from the Avioportolano website: CLICK HERE
Italy Plates on Sky Map
THE GERMANS FLY AVIOPORTOLANO
You can purchase and download 1500 documents describing 487 Italian runways contained in the Avioportolano Airfield manual on the German SKY Map software as of April 2019
Sky Map is a very popular air navigation software among German pilots. It is produced by the IFOS Privates Institut für Organisationsberatung und Softwareentwicklung GmbH, which since 2015 has been implementing the cards for the VFR Avioportolano flight. From this year all the plates of the Italian runways are also available on SKY MAP: airports, airfields and ULM airfields.
VERYTHING HAS CHANGED IN SARDINIA:A TEST FOR THE REST OF ITALY
In Sardinia most of the CTRs have been transformed into CTAs whose borders are tangent to the ATZs. The choice follows the lines defined in the ENAV Industrial Plan. Why this transformation?
This plan - as specified by ENAV in response to a parliamentary question - is aimed at "managing air traffic with an innovative organisational and technological model in a context of strong growth in air traffic and sudden changes in demand by carriers". The principle followed by ENAV would seem to reduce ATC's commitment to VFR flight control for the benefit of IFR traffic.This would lead to an increase in the controlled areas in favour of an increase in the uncontrolled GOLF spaces but in which the FIC (Flight Information Centre) Information service is provided
WE SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF RUNWAYMAP
RunwayMap is a new application for private pilots - well made and free - that allows you to share your passion for flying with the community of pilots around the world.
The basis of everything is the map of the airports and the private runways and at each point, you can combine comments, photographs, initiatives etc. to share with others. To support this application we responded positively to the request for authorisation to use free of charge the Data Base of the runways for the Italian territory Produced by Avioportolano. From 1 May 2019, you can find the same runways and identification codes on Runway Map that you find in the aeronautical maps and in the navigation software Sky Demon, Sky Map, Foreflight, Aimate, Air Navigation Pro, Rocket Route, AVmap, Flight Utilities. All ahead for the growth of this app that has all the credentials to be successful. For more information: https://www.runwaymap.com/avioportolano
AVIOPORTOLANO AIRFIELD MANUAL ALSO AVAILABLE ON FOREFLIGHT, SKY MAP and AIRMATE
More than 1500 documents that make up the Avioportolano Airfield Manual and describe the 487 Italian runways are available for download on three other new air navigation software: FOREFLIGHT, SKY MAP and AIRMATE
So now there are five air navigation software (with SKY DEMON and AIR NAVIGATION PRO) that have the license to use Avioportolano data.From these software you can purchase and download digital aeronautical charts for VFR 500K flight and the plates of all the Italian runways:Visual Approach Chart, Aerodrome Landing Charts, Aerodrome Data Sheet and Visual Approach Image. We should point out in particular that this year whoever purchases an Avioportolano aeronautical map in the paper format can download the same map in the digital format on the AIRMATE software free of charge using the unique bonus code that can be found inside the chart itself. On the website www.avioportolano.it in the "Software" section of the main menu you can find detailed descriptions of the contents and ways to download the products from each individual Software.
New exceptional AVIOPORTOLANO INITIATIVE
PURCHASE AN AVIOPORTOLANO 2019 VFR CHART AND WE WILL GIVE YOU THE DIGITAL VERSION AND THE AIRMATE NAVIGATION SOFTWARE
On each Avioportolano VFR 500K aeronautical chart that you purchase you will find a unique code that will allow you to download the free digital version of the same chart in the AIRMATE navigation software produced and distributed by the French company MYREL AVIATION Sarl.
On-board chart, program and digital chart
The new Avioportolano aeronautical charts 2019 were updated in February 2019 and include, in addition to Italy, also Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each chart contains the code and instructions to download it for free in the AIRMATE software
You can use the default chart
It is not necessary to install the Avioportolano map in order to use AIRMATE. You can still navigate across the whole of Europe with the default chart and aviation information present in the program.
You can also download the "Avioportolano Airfield Manual"
In the Airmate store you can purchase the "AVIOPORTOLANO AIRFIELD MANUAL": over 1500 documents produced in the ICAO standard format relating to 110 airports 220 Airfields and 150 Italian ULM airstripsi
Free, powerful and complete
AIRMATE offers all the solutions for air navigation in both VFR and IFR. You can set the configuration of your aircraft, maintain your flight plans, decide on various display modes, contact other pilots with the Airmate social network and much more. You will also have constant updates every month by email and important deadlines such as international meetings, rallies and aeronautical fairs
How to use airmate and download charts and data sheets
To use AIRMATE CLICK HERE
NEW TRASPONDER CODES FOR VFR IN FIR?
With the reduction of GND (Ground) controlled airspace the VFR (Visual Flight Rules) traffic borne by the FICs (Flight Information Centre) is increased. To resolve the possible work overload, different transponder codes may be provided for each FIR sector in place of the generic codes7000.
This is one of the various news items that revolve around the ENAV Business Plan that Minister Toninelli with a press release dated 7 February 2019 asked to be suspended. The new operating model of ENAV 2018/2022 provides for the full consolidation of the 4 control centers on the two offices in Rome and Milan. By 2022, the control centers of Rome and Milan, which already manage the approach to the major national airports, will also absorb the activities of almost all the approach centers located on the control towers.
Avioportolano VFR Aeronautical Charts 2019
TEMPORARY CONTROLLED AREAS: BETTER DISTINGUISHED FROM PERMANENT ONES
An important graphic modification has been introduced in new Avioportolano VFR aeronautical charts 2019 to distinguish the temporarily active controlled areas from the permanent ones.
In Italy, there are not many controlled areas activated for only a limited period of time. In other countries, they are planned and widely adopted. Especially in Croatia, Austria and Bosnia.In the new Avioportolano graphics these areas are drawn with the same type of contour but are clearly distinguished because the colour is much lighter than the permanent ones. The word "Temp" (Temporary) has also been added to the label. These areas are enabled through Notam.
Latest Avioportolano plates updates
AVIOPORTOLANO AIRFIELD MANUAL: THE APPROACHING ROUTES AND THE COMPLEX CIRCUITS HAVE BEEN DRAWN
Last update February AIRAC 2019-02. Significant changes have been made to more than 1500 documents describing the 487 Italian runways contained in the Avioportolano Airfield Manual.
The recommended approach circuit from the nearest VFR point indicating the VFR routes at the discretion of ATC have been added; the urbanized areas have been simplified; the central line on the rivers has been eliminated, the representation of the rail road has been changed, the dimensions of the labels indicating Roads and Villages have been enlarged, aerial information up to FL015 (from GND to 1500 FT AGL) have been introduced.
Avioportolano Visual Approach Chart
WHAT HAS CHANGED?
The new documents describing the 487 runways surveyed by Avioportolano and published in the "Avioportolano Airfield Manual" have been revised in the last update cycle of February 2019.
The urbanized areas have been simplified: The most intensely urbanized areas have been merged and arranged in "spots" in order to reduce the weight of the charts and facilitate a quicker upload.
Graphic improvements: The centre line that indicates the axis of the riverbeds has been eliminated; the representation of the rail road with a continuous line as in the VFR 500K; charts has been changed; the size of the labels indicating Roads and Villages have been enlarged to improve readability; the arrangement of the information labels has been improved; the transparency of boundary lines of air spaces has been increased to improve readability.
Increased information on airspace: In the Avioportolano VAC (Visual Approach Chart) at the scale of 1: 75,000 - since these are approach maps flown at low altitude in the final landing - only the information relating to the GND airspaces was reported. Since the last February 2019 edition, the Avioportolano VACs have been reporting airspace information from GNG to 1500 FT AGL.
New graphics for complex circuits for approaching and leaving the airport: In the Avioportolano VAC (Visual Approach Chart) updated in February 2019, the new graphics used for the graphical representation of the approach and departure indications from the airport have been introduced which present mandatory itineraries in some cases more complex than the standards. This is the case, for example, of the Rome Urbe and Turin Aeritalia airports which, due to their delicate position, require the pilot to follow a particular and precise approach and departure path. Avioportolano has created its own graphic criteria of lines and information extended to all airports that require particularly detailed graphic information.
Draw recommended approach procedures from VFR entry points: The new VAC (Viasual Approach Chart) Avioportolano (from February 2019) show the VFR routes which - although not classified as mandatory - are usually indicated by the ATC for approaching the airport. The 75K scale chosen by Avioportolano to create the VAC (Visual Approach Chart) for airports, airfields and ULM airfields has made it possible to insert complex approach and departure circuits in a clear way and to translate into visual language what is generally indicated in the AIP as a mandatory route (or at ATC's discretion) from specific entry gates or nearby reporting points. The choice of a larger or smaller scale than that adopted by Avioportolano for its VAC (Visual Approach Chart) would not have allowed an equally clear and exhaustive representation.
Planes, gliders and helicopters: icons added in the circuits: For airports and airfields that have mixed activities of planes, gliders and helicopters and that provide separate circuits according to the type of aircraft, specific representative icons have been introduced in relation to the reserved traffic circuit.
The reason for choosing
APPROACH CHARTS:THE CHOICE OF THE 75K
The Avioportolano VAC (Visual Approach Chart) are produced in scale 1:75.000. ICAO standards provide for a scale of not less than the ratio 1:250.000 and this, in fact, is how they are almost always produced in the AIPs of the various countries. With the advent of GPS, the graphical representation on this scale is often superfluous and greater information detail is more useful on a larger scale. The VAC (Visual Approach Chart) produced by AVIOPORTOLANO responds to this line
Agreement between Avioportolano and Myriel Aviation
FREE NAVIGATION SOFTWARE AND AVIOPORTOLANO DIGITAL
CHARTS Avioportolano Srl has concluded an important agreement with Myriel Aviation that produces AIRMATE air navigation software for IOS and Android tablets and phones.
The agreement stipulates that anyone who purchases a chart for VFR 1:500.000 produced by Avioportolano will have free navigation software available with the digital version of the same chart installed and which may be used for air navigation in addition to the default one in the software