Ultralight regulations in Italy
Synthesis of the actual regulations
Reading the various laws it isn't easy to understand exactly what or who can fly. This is the reason why I wrote the following summary, leaving out the more elementary rules (e.g. ... it is forbidden to drop objects or liquids during flight!) and many other specific indications.
- Obligations of crash helmet. During flight on all microlights it is compulsory to wear a protective helmet, rigid kind suitable for this kind of activity.
- Characteristics of aircrafts. Maximum weight at take-off excluding seat belts, parachute, instruments:
- single-seater with engine :
- Kg. 300 ( 330 for amphibians and water planes), stalling speed must not exceed 65 Km/p.h.
- two-seater with engine :
- Kg. 450 ( 500for amphibians and water planes), stalling speed must not exceed 65 Km/p.h.
- Two-seater. Use of two-seater vehicles is allowed for: instructors, pilots with a valid private license, pilots with at least 30 hours of flying experience as controller who have passed the necessary exam.
- Use of aircraft for take off and landing. Is it possible to take off and land on any suitable area as long as you have the permission of the owner or responsible of such area. For any operation near civil airports a special authorization is necessary.
- Flight operation limits. It is possible to fly all over national territory until 4 Km from the border with another state. It is prohibited to take sensors or any kind of cameras and telecameras aboard.
- Identification of aircraft. All aircraft must have a metal plate with the identification number issued by the AeCI (Aero Club Italia). The same number must be fixed onto the underneath of the wing with letters that measure a minimum of 30x15 cm, in contrasting colour.
All identification documents must be kept on board. Any structural or colour modifications and changes of ownership must be comunicated to AeCI.
- Circulation specifications. It is possible fly from dawn till sunset at a maximum height of 500 ft (150 meters); on Saturday and holidays at a maximum height of 1000 ft (300 meters) ; at a distance of 5 Km from airports not located within ATZ . Maximum height is considered that measured with respect to the highest point within a radius of 3 Km.
- Ability certificate. In order to fly it is necessary to have such a certificate issued after a course with examination taken in a certified flying school togheter with specific medical examination.
- Insurance. All aircraft must be covered by an insurance policy with a limit not less than 1 bilion of lira for accident, 1 bilion for person, 1 bilion for animals or objects.
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