Enhancing the safety of private and amateur pilots

More than 500 visitors at DFS Pilots' Day

13.11.2015.- On 7 November 2015, about 540 private and amateur pilots attended the annual Pilots' Day on the premises of the DFS Campus in Langen, near Frankfurt.

The pilots had the opportunity to get an inside view of the air traffic services world through different presentations, during discussion rounds, at simulators, during a tour of the Langen control centre and at various information desks.

Pilots' Day included presentations on a great number of topics: In addition to an introduction to flight information services, information was provided on flight preparation, flight plan filing, NOTAM briefings, aeronautical charts, special use of airspace as well as radio failure procedures.

Further participants were Eisenschmidt, a supplier of aeronautical charts and products, the German meteorological service DWD and the German Air Force. They were all available to provide information and answer questions.

DFS has organised Pilots' Day for several years now. Experience has shown that it has significantly contributed to enhancing safety in German airspace.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,750 employees as at 30 June 2015. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management division.