DFS takes over air traffic management training of the Bundeswehr

Agreement signed in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria

02.03.2016.-DFS will take over the provision of military air traffic management training from 1 January 2017. In future, DFS will train military air traffic control personnel in Kaufbeuren in cooperation with the Bundeswehr. The agreement between the Bundeswehr and DFS was signed today at Kaufbeuren air base in a ceremony to honour the event. A new DFS subsidiary, Kaufbeuren ATM Training GmbH, is scheduled to be founded on 1 April 2016 for this purpose. The new subsidiary will have its registered office in Kaufbeuren where it will provide air traffic management (ATM) training. It will be certified under military standards.

As part of its 2011 stationing concept, the Bundeswehr had originally planned to give up Kaufbeuren air base and to relocate operational air traffic management training to another location. With the civil cooperation partner DFS, it will now be possible to use the expert knowledge and existing infrastructure as part of this civil-military cooperation in the field of air traffic management training.

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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,650 employees as at 31 December 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.