Customer newsletter edition 08|2012

Active noise protection measures at Frankfurt/Main Airport (EDDF)
Owing to the discussions about aircraft noise in the vicinity of Frankfurt Airport, the following measures have been adopted to protect the population from aircraft noise. A number of these measures are based on political decisions which have to be implemented by DFS. We would like to inform you about the following measures which will also affect flight operations.

Implementation AIRAC 20 SEP 2012
Use of southerly bypass for EDDF departures from runways 25C/L:
From 20 SEP 2012 on, 3- and 4-engine aircraft types of the categories HEAVY and SUPER will be included in the list of aircraft to be transferred from the northwesterly departure routes (TABUM and MASIR) to the departure routes of the southerly bypass (MARUN, TOBAK, BIBTI) during the time from 05:00 (UTC) to 20:00 (UTC).

Implementation AIRAC 18 OCT 2012
Raising of downwind altitude by 1000 ft:
On the northern and southern downwind leg prior to passing two waypoints, the lowest operating levels will be raised from 5000 ft to 6000 ft (north WPTs DF410, DF441) and from 4000 ft to 5000 ft (south WPTs DF609, DF640). By raising the downwind altitude, the earliest turns to final approach will be moved approximately 3 NM to the west or to the east. This is to reduce aircraft noise in areas below the downwind legs.

Higher overflight altitudes east and west of EDDF:
To avoid low overflights of the cities of Offenbach and Mainz, "turn-in windows" will be established to prevent aircraft from turning to final below 4000 ft. These turn-in windows are located west of Mainz and east of Offenbach and ensure that approaching aircraft are not turned to final approach at an earlier point in time and at low altitudes. This means that aircraft will have to fly further to the east or to the west on the transitions even in times of low traffic volume.

Trial operations for ILS approaches to landing runway northwest with a glide angle of 3.2° (CAT I only):
Runway 07L/25R is equipped with two ILS systems for each landing direction.
One year of trial operations will be conducted to test ILS approaches with a glide angle of 3.2° and assess the relevant effects of this approach procedure on traffic handling and the expected noise impact.
One ILS per landing direction has been altered from a 3.0°angle to a 3.2°angle.
The PAPI lighting systems have been modified to indicate the correct path down to a height of 200 ft GND.

Framework conditions
The trial operations for 3.2° will be conducted under CAT I conditions only.
The approach procedure will only be assigned if no long-lasting tail wind (>30 minutes) is expected. If tail wind prevails or is to be expected, the provisions of the AIP EDDF AD 2.20.1 will be applied and an ILS approach procedure with 3.0° will be assigned for runway 07L/25R.

Flight procedures
The flight procedures for 3.2° ILS approaches to runway 07L/25R will be published for AIRAC date 18 OCT 2012 in the AIP Germany on the following pages:
ILS Y Rwy 07L - AD2 EDDF 4-2-7
ILS Y Rwy 25R - AD2 EDDF 4-2-8

Vacating runways
Pilots are advised that this procedure also requires that the runway is vacated as fast as possible to avoid any delays for succeeding aircraft.

If it is not possible to conduct an ILS Y approach with 3.2°, the pilot shall mention this in his initial call to LANGEN RADAR (frequencies 120.800 MHz, 119.025 MHz and 125.350 MHz).
Such aircraft will either be assigned a different ILS approach procedure for runway 07L/25R or an approach procedure to one of the other runways.

Contact person
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Olaf Glitsch:
Telephone: +49 (0)6103 707 1071

Rhein Radar AIRAC operational information AIRAC 20 SEPT 2012
Transfer of upper airspace from Munich to Karlsruhe - Project VOLMuK

Transfer of upper airspace (FL 315+) from the Munich Control Centre to Karlsruhe Upper Area Control Centre (UAC)

The cutover is scheduled to take place on the night of 15 to 16 December 2012

Strategic consolidation of upper airspace at the Karlsruhe UAC
Optimum use of the very advanced ATS system P1/VAFORIT, which is tailored for large-scale airspaces

EFFECTS (consequences)
- Optimised traffic handling within the large-scale lateral area of responsibility thanks to the elimination of the lateral Munich/Karlsruhe interface

For questions please contact Rhein Radar Flow Office daily 11.00 - 17.00 local time +49 721 6903-107 .

In the case of problems with route profiles, please contact our OPS supervisor or FMP Rhein , tel. +49 (0)721 6903-216 or 237).

Contact: Wolfgang Bretl, Flow and Capacity Management,
DFS Karlsruhe, telephone +49 (0)721 6903 420,