DFS welcomes new regulation of the German government on the use of drones

CEO of DFS advocates mandatory registration in Germany and Europe 

18.01.2017.- DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH welcomes the new regulation passed by the German government on the use of drones. It increases legal certainty for the use of unmanned aircraft systems as well as safety in German airspace. DFS assumes that the number of drones in Germany will continue to rise to such an extent that by the year 2020, there will be more than one million drones in German airspace.

"As a second step, we need to quickly establish further regulations in Germany and Europe which allow the detection of drones and mandate registration for drones above a certain weight, which has yet to be determined. A safe and fair integration of the new airspace users into German airspace is only possible if all institutions involved keep pace with this dynamic and rapidly growing economic sector. Only then will it be possible to exploit the enormous potential of the civil use of drones," stated Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and CEO of DFS.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,550 employees as at 31 December 2016.  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.