Rieti Airport

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Rieti Airport
Aeroporto di Rieti
Gliding-voloavela-rieti-2005 1.jpg
Gliders at the Rieti Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Ministry of Transport
Serves Rieti, Italy
Elevation AMSL 1,278 ft / 390 m
Coordinates 42°25′36″N 12°51′00″E / 42.42667°N 12.85000°E / 42.42667; 12.85000Coordinates: 42°25′36″N 12°51′00″E / 42.42667°N 12.85000°E / 42.42667; 12.85000
LIQN is located in Italy
Location of airport in Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16R/34L 809 2,654 Grass
16L/34R 809 2,654 Grass
Source: AIP Italia[1]

Rieti Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Rieti, ICAO: LIQN) is an aerodrome located 1.34 nautical miles (2.48 km; 1.54 mi) northwest of Rieti,[1] a city in the Lazio region in Italy.[2] It is also known as G. Ciuffelli Airport.

The aerodrome is operated by the Ministry of Transport and Navigation and administered by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) of Rome/Ciampino. The air traffic service (ATS) authority is ENAV S.p.A.[1] Prior to 1997 it was a military airport operated by the Italian Air Force.


The airport resides in the Rieti Plain, at an elevation of 1,278 feet (390 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with grass surfaces. The main runway 16R/34L measures 809 by 50 metres (2,654 ft × 164 ft) and is used by aircraft with engines. The secondary runway 16L/34R measures 809 by 40 metres (2,654 ft × 131 ft) and is used by glider aircraft. Operation of ultralight aircraft is restricted to three one-hour time periods each day, during which other air traffic is prohibited.[1]

The airport hosts an helicopter base which, until 2016, was operated by the State Forestry Corps; after the dissolution of the agency, the base is operated by Carabinieri.

The airport also hosts some facilities used by students of Rieti's military school for CBRN defense: the shooting range and the "NUBICH" exercise area.

Air currents in the Rieti Plain are particularly favorable for gliding and offer the best conditions to fly, so the airport is well-known among gliders all over the world;[3] it hosted the 1982, 1994 and 2015 editions of the European Gliding Championships.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d AIP for LIQN (RIETI) and chart. AIP Italia. ENAV. 4 October 2012. (free registration required Archived November 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.).
  2. ^ Airport information for LIQN (Rieti, Lazio, Italy) at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Ezio Sarti (2013). "Anatomia di un incidente: imbardata in decollo di un aliante" (PDF). Sicurezza del Volo n. 299 (in Italian). Aeronautica Militare. p. 12. 
  4. ^ Giacomo Cavoli (2016). European gliding championships in Rieti. The story of thre editions: 1982-1994-2015. Ri-Stampa. ISBN 9788899648152. 

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