Pilots requested to report departure and arrival times

01.08.2014.- In the past few months, pilots have repeatedly neglected to report their departure and arrival times to the German Aeronautical Information Service Centre (AIS-C) for flights for which they had submitted a flight plan. The German air navigation service provider DFS would like to remind pilots of this requirement that must be complied with.

At uncontrolled airfields, pilots are required by law to report their actual departure and arrival times without delay. Pilots may also use radiotelephony to make this report to the competent air traffic control unit or flight information service who will forward the information to AIS-C. At controlled aerodromes, these reports are handled by the competent air traffic control service.

If these departure and arrival times are not reported, it makes it more difficult for the alerting service to do their job. The alerting service is responsible for notifying the search and rescue service. Cross-border flights that neglect to report these times are even more problematic as these require additional coordination.

For more information, please see the German-language publications Nachrichten für Luftfahrer NfL I 32/2010 and NfL I 33/2010.


DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 6,049 employees as at 31 December 2013. 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.