Research & Development

We aim to develop and test innovations to make DFS and the overall air transport system fit for the future, both on a national and international level.
With this goal in mind, software developers, engineers, scientists, psychologists and air traffic controllers all work together in the following key areas:

  • Concepts and systems (developing and assessing new concepts, procedures or technical components of a future air traffic management system)
  • ATM simulations (conceiving, conducting and assessing ATM simulations)
  • ATM simulators (conceiving, developing and maintaining ATM simulators)
  • Innovation management (finding, planning and steering potential innovations at DFS)

The findings, skills and experience gained in these key areas are transferred into the world of practice by means of matrix projects, where they deliver significant added value, in particular, due to our interdisciplinary cooperation. Our collaboration with external partners also contributes to our success:

References, networks, partners and customers
Our references include customers within DFS as well as external customers. The list below will give you an overview of some of them:

Research projects:

  • International projects funded by the EU, EUROCONTROL projects, SESAR projects
  • National projects (especially the aeronautical research programmes funded by the German federal government and the Länder (federal states)
  • Internal DFS projects

Committee work, lectures, conferences and publications:

  • Numerous committees at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and other aviation organisations
  • Publications and lectures for symposia, workshops and training courses
  • Semi-annual R&D publication "Innovation im Fokus"

Services and external contracts:

  • ATM simulations, studies and analyses for numerous German airports and DFS units, foreign air navigation services organisations, the EU and German federal ministries
  • Provision of ATM simulators for the DFS Academy and different DFS units