In the heart of Boccadifalco, Palermo, the 4° Reparto Volo (4th Flight Department) of the Italian Police operates with unwavering dedication to maintain law and order across the vast expanse of Sicily and Italy’s southernmost isles, such as Lampedusa, Linosa and Pantelleria. During an exclusive visit to their premises, our team of journalists, accompanied by Chief of Operations Paolo Burgarella and Chief Pilot Dr. Antonio Molinaro, who is also the current Commander of the Flight Department, were able to witness first-hand the impressive work carried out by this aviation division.

At Palermo–Boccadifalco Airport (ICAO: LICP), the 4th Flight Department, which has been operating from here since the 20th of August 1974, shares the airport’s facilities with the Flight Division of the Guardia di Finanza, the 9th Carabinieri Helicopter Unit, the Air Ambulance Rescue Service, the State Forestry Corps and the Aero Club of Palermo. The original site was under joint military–civil use up until the 1st of January 2009, when the Italian National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) acquired sole use of the airport.