DFS areas of activity

Controlling air traffic from the towers and control centres is the core business of the German air navigation service provider. Apart from performing day-to-day activities, DFS compiles flight-related data and uses them in its products and services, such as aeronautical charts, pre-flight information and the development of air traffic management systems, surveillance systems as well as navigation aids. At its Academy, DFS trains a large number of new air traffic controllers every year. In addition, DFS shares its know-how with other companies by providing consultancy services.

DFS has the following areas of activity:

Control Centre
The task of the Control Centre division is to guide aircraft safely through German airspace. In Langen, near Frankfurt, DFS operates Europe's largest radar control centre. There are additional control centres in Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich.

Tower
The Tower division ensures that air traffic at German airports is handled safely and punctually. Throughout Germany, DFS is represented at 16 international airports, and at nine regional airports by its subsidiary The Tower Company.

Aeronautical Information Management
DFS compiles and publishes precise aeronautical data and uses them for its numerous aeronautical publications. The company also performs efficient aeronautical information services.

The Aeronautical Information Management division produces and publishes aeronautical publications and products, such as the AIP Germany and aeronautical maps and charts for Germany and Europe. It provides all data and information required for air traffic.

With its Aeronautical Information Service Centre (AIS-C), this division also provides its customers with all of the information they need for their flights. This includes filing a flight plan before the pilot takes off, and providing NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) concerning temporary changes in conditions or procedures, the timely knowledge of which is essential to safe flight operations. The AIS-C also handles requests for the special use of airspace, such as mass ascents of balloons or sky lanterns.

State-of-the-art technical systems are used to compile, prepare and distribute data and information via different communication channels.