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The "Giuseppe Ghislanzoni" Air Club of Como, more commonly known as "Aero Club Como" was founded in 1930 and named after Giuseppe Ghislanzoni, the aviation pioneer who was awarded the silver medal for military valour. He manages the International Water Airport of Como.
The fantastic setting offers some stunning photography.
Although Como can trace its roots to flying well before, with aviation experiments and hot air balloon flights, it was in 1913 that the first seaplanes flew over Lake Como, taking part in a European competition for seaplanes, which was won by the French aviator Roland Garros. In 1920 a hangar was built for seaplanes, and the pilot training school was inaugurated in 1930. In those days they had a fleet of Caproni Ca 100 Idro float-planes, and later sunk by the German's in the lake.
Members of the Club can rent the seaplanes in the fleet for short or long-haul flights in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Each year many foreign pilots stay in Como to learn the techniques of piloting seaplanes.
The Como Air Club is enrolled in the regional register of Civil Defence volunteers and performs various tasks in the field. The pilots of Como are among the most respected and knowledgeable custodians of the techniques of water aviation throughout the world and are often called upon to provide consultations in Italy and in various European countries.
For those who are not members of the Club or who do not possess a pilot’s license, tours of Lake Como can be arranged with flight instructors, allowing you to fly over the beautiful scenery and admire the vegetation, boats and luxurious villas from above.
Hopefully I will be able to get back here to further explore the numerous opportunities for some stunning photographs.
Through the Como Air Club you can arrange a tour of Lake Como, flying over the beautiful landscape to admire the vegetation, boats and luxurious villas.