Simplified pre-flight planning for VFR pilots

Personal briefing with the pre-flight information bulletin

18.05.2016.- In order to make pre-flight planning easier for VFR pilots, DFS has developed the personal briefing function. As a result of the great number of NOTAM, the pre-flight information bulletins (PIB) have become long and somewhat confusing despite the filter options in the entry mask. From now on, users can change their settings themselves.

As usual, NOTAM are retrieved or the VFReBulletin is opened in the AIS Portal. While reading the screen, the pilots themselves can decide which of the displayed NOTAM are required for the flight. By clicking on the NOTAM's heading, it is possible to hide the contents of those NOTAM that have already been read or that are irrelevant for the intended flight. By choosing to hide the details, pilots acknowledge that they have read and understood the contents of the NOTAM. Only the heading and the NOTAM number will still be displayed.

The user settings will be saved; the reduced view will apply to all future PIB retrievals, not only on the screen but also in the pdf file. By clicking again on the NOTAM's heading or after 30 days without retrieving a PIB, the full NOTAM text will be displayed again. In this way, pilots can decide themselves which NOTAM will be displayed in whole in their briefing and which will be hidden.

In addition, Release 3.5.0 contains general bug fixes and improvements of system stability and security.

Images: Caption: The arrow to the right and the red asterisk symbol show that the view has been reduced. Only the NOTAM heading is shown (see A1124/16, B0319/16, B0329/16).


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.