Customer newsletter edition 09|2012

Rhein Radar AIRAC operational information AIRAC 18 OCT 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

"Night Live Operations" and "Weekend Live Operations"
In November and early December 2012, four operational pre-implementation phases will take place to verify and safeguard the switch-over process and the adaptation adjustments associated with the implementation. Two "Night Live Operations" for several hours of low traffic at night will be followed by two "Weekend Live Operations" during which the control of airspace will be conducted by UAC Karlsruhe for 48 hours. In this phase, no direct consequences for customers are expected but they cannot be ruled out entirely because of the complexity of the set of measures.

After the cutover, which will take place in the night of 15 to 16 December 2012, UAC Karlsruhe will take over the operation of the relocated sectors on a permanent basis.

To support the initial implementation phase, the capacity values of the relevant sectors will be reduced by 20% at the beginning. This value will be monitored daily and adapted sector by sector as possible. Based on past experience, it is expected that the previous capacity values of the sectors will be reached again by the end of February 2013.

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,

Fifth German harmonisation meeting concerning Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM)
In connection with the nation-wide initiative to harmonise Airport CDM, Hamburg Airport hosted the fifth German meeting on 11 and 12 September 2012.

In a two-day workshop, the current project statuses of all German CDM airports were exchanged and further specifications of harmonised procedures were developed. When defining the focus and procedure of the German harmonisation initiative, European developments in the area of Airport CDM must also be considered.

Ongoing activities focus not only on a uniform structure of Airport CDM documentations (e.g. A-CDM brief description or flight crew briefing) but also on uniform descriptions of process times for the user (e.g. TOBT/TSAT for docking guidance systems). The results of the German initiative to harmonise Airport CDM are also made available to other A-CDM projects as best practices.

The initiative to harmonise Airport CDM was founded in 2010 by the Munich airport operator Flughafen München GmbH and DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH. The aim of the harmonisation initiative is to create uniform operational and technical Airport CDM contents which are not covered by the existing Community Specification (EN 303212). Therefore, it is mainly the airlines that profit from the harmonised Airport CDM procedure at the different CDM airports.

The Airport CDM procedure has been fully integrated into regular operations at the airports of Munich (since June 2007) and Frankfurt (since February 2011). This means that Airport CDM is not only established as a local process but also connected to European air traffic flow management (A-CDM partner CFMU). In addition, the ongoing Airport CDM projects for the airports of Düsseldorf, Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg are to be implemented as part of regular operations within the next two years.

As a reminder:
Airport CDM focuses on the feasibility of the turn-round process of flights. Airport CDM is based on information-sharing and common situational awareness. The focus of the procedure is a reliable forecast of the end of the handling process in the form of a target off-block time (TOBT) for each flight. On the basis of the TOBT and further operational parameters such as variable taxi times, operational departure capacity and calculated take-off time (CTOT), the so-called target start-up approval time (TSAT) is calculated during the pre-departure sequencing process. Data exchange with the CFMU ensures that European ATFM planning is also integrated into the process.

Trial operations Airport-CDM at Düsseldorf International Airport (EDDL)
The turn-round process at Düsseldorf Airport has been reorganized
on the basis of the European activities concerning Airport
Collaborative Decision Making (Airport-CDM).
Please find detailed information in the following AIC IFR 12

Changes in procedures for Apron Control at Düsseldorf International Airport (EDDL)
As of 18 October 2012, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung will take over all tasks of apron control at Düsseldorf International Airport. The goal is to optimise the movement of traffic on the apron by reducing the amount of coordination.
Please find detailed information in the following Flyer.