Airport Briefing

Departure and Approach Procedures


Take Off Procedures

Aircraft in VFR operating within Lugano CTR for Landing or after departure shall proceed via the established reporting points as published on Lugano VAC and/or instructed by Lugano tower.

IFR Departure Procedures

Any departing ACFT must comply with the requirements of Aircraft Certification, as well as with the relevant procedures published on the SID charts.

  • SID (Standard Instrument Departures):
    - At least Pilot Qualification type A.
    - VIS 3000 m or more and ceiling 2100 ft AAL or HYR.
  • Requirements:
    - At least Pilot Qualification type B
    - ACFT complying with the climb requirements in accordance with published procedures, or APV Company contingency procedures
    - VIS 400 m or more

IFR Approach Procedures

The following instrument approaches procedures, with the corresponding requirements, are available in Lugano:

  • LOC-DME approach for circling RWY 19
    The LOC-DME APCH shall be flown on a continuous descent angle or gradient. The break-off points on the APCH will always remain at the same PSN, but it will be overflown at the applicable ALT. There are two circling procedures AVBL:
  • Circling Foxtrot RWY 19
    - Pilot Qualification type A
    - Pilot Qualification type C
    - Approach can be flown during the day only
    - VIS 5000 m or more, day only and ceiling 3100 ft AAL or HYR
  • Circling Charlie RWY 19
    - At least Pilot Qualification type A with VIS 5000 or more and ceiling 3100 ft AAL or higher / Day Only
    - At least Pilot Qualification type B with VIS 3000m or more day / VIS 5000 m or more night / ceiling
    - 1700 ft AAL or higher and an approved contingency procedure RWY 19 may be required according to the TRAM
  • IGS RWY 01 (Steep APCH Procedure)
    - Pilot Qualification type A
    - Pilot Qualification type C
    - ACFT certification in accordance with the TRAM requirements for steep APCH of 6° or higher

Be aware that a Qualification A is required prior to performing a visual approach. A visual approach is an approach to a runway conducted under IFR !

Circling Procedures

Lugano video approaches

Study the circling procedure approach charts to identify the obstacles, terrain configuration and densely populated areas. Verify the specific requirements and conditions for the use of the two different circling procedures.
Be aware that the MDA for LOC 01 with circling and circling Charlie is the same as the VFR circuit altitude. Therefore extreme caution should be exercised for VFR traffic.

Here you may view some pictures from the area and the circuits:

circling procedures

View the following pictures of the Circling CHARLIE procedure:
n°1 Lago di Muzzano
n°2 Lugano railway station
n°3 Hospital
n°4 TV studio Comano
n°5 Lamone village
n°6 highway exit Lugano nord

click on the map to enlarge

VFR Traffic

Note that you can expect unknown activity of VFR traffic (no radio contact in airspace E/G) around the CTR as well as above it!

The approaches require special attention at and in the vicinity of the airport due to traffic already in the circuit at 2600 FT AMSL and helicopter operations.

The mountains surrounding the airport are very interesting for gliders. Note that you may expect glider activity near PINIK and CALDO.

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