German Airports Association and DFS sign first agreement on the provision of aeronautical data

First milestone in the implementation of EU Regulation

The first agreement on the provision of aeronautical data was signed by DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH and the German Airports Association (ADV) today. This represents an important step in meeting the requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) 73/2010, which applies across the EU.

This Regulation lays down requirements on the quality of aeronautical data and aeronautical information for the single European sky and on the exchange of such data and information. Most elements of the Regulation impact the Federal Republic of Germany as a whole. Some elements affect DFS, in particular in its role as the publisher of the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). Other elements of the Regulation are addressed to what are known as data providers. A large share of the data that DFS receives is provided by aerodromes. The Regulation requires all those involved to establish formal arrangements for the exchange of data and information. This item provided the impetus for the agreement that has now been signed.

The two parties came together at an early stage as the ADV represents most of the aerodromes in Germany. The first milestone was celebrated today with the signing of the agreement.

Photo: Ralph Beisel, ADV Executive Director, and Robert Schickling, DFS Managing Director and COO. (Photo: Klaus Weddig)

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.