Pilots' Day at DFS a magnet for VFR pilots

16.11.2016.- If a pilot gets stuck over the top of clouds, what are the options? This and many other questions were discussed on Saturday, 12 November 2016 by private pilots and DFS experts at the DFS headquarters in Langen.

The sixth event of this kind again demonstrated the eagerness of VFR pilots to learn more about air traffic control and flight safety.

Twelve presentations were held on a wide range of subjects including flight information service, pre-flight information service and preparation, special use of airspace and the challenges faced when creating aeronautical maps and charts. These were not the only topics to draw a crowd. There were also talks given by the German Air Force and the German Meteorological Service.

At the end of each presentation, attendees had the chance to ask questions and took this up enthusiastically. Visitors were also able to meet with experts and discuss other topics at information booths.

Eight guided tours of the Langen control centre made it possible for more than one hundred visitors to watch live operations of air traffic controllers.

The objective of the day was to promote mutual understanding between VFR pilots and air traffic control. This is an important component in ensuring the safety of air traffic in Germany. The event will be held again in 2017 to continue to pursue this goal.


DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,650 employees as at 31 December 2015. 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.