A one-stop shop for information for drone pilots

The German air navigation services provider DFS sets up a dedicated information platform on the web

02.03.2017.- DFS has set up a new web resource for all those interested in operating drones safely, which can be found under www.safe-droneflight.de. All the information needed for a safe drone flight has been brought together on one platform under a joint initiative of DFS, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and the aeronautical authorities of the Federal States.

More and more drones are being operated in German airspace, with experts estimating their number at around 400,000. As the number of drones have risen so too as the number of sightings near airports and in airspaces where drones are not allowed to fly and where it is dangerous to do so. This number has increased significantly in recent years: In 2015, there were 14 such sightings, while in 2016, the number was already 64.

DFS wants to ensure that drones are integrated fairly and safely into air traffic. This will only be possible when drone users know exactly what they are allowed and not allowed to do. The new web platform offers this information in an easily understandable form. In addition to chart material, a decision tree guides users through the legal issues they have to comply with. The platform provides links to current airspace information, such as restrictions, as well as links to external information, such as the Warnwetter App provided by the German Meteorological Service (DWD).

For the first time, the website www.safe-droneflight.de brings together all the information operators need for a safe drone flight.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,550 employees as at 31 December 2016. 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, 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 control towers at 16 international airports in Germany. The DFS subsidiary, DFS Aviation Services GmbH, provides air navigation services as well as consultancy services.