Munich Security Conference 2017

Ministry of Transport establishes restricted area

14.02.2017.- The international security conference is taking place in Munich for the 53rd time from 17 to 19 February 2017. It will be attended by high-ranking security policymakers from Germany and abroad. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has established a restricted area, ED-R München, as well as a radio mandatory zone (RMZ), München, to ensure the security of the event.

The restricted area and the RMZ are scheduled to be activated from Friday, 17 February, 0700 CET, until Sunday, 19 February 2017, 1600 CET. The restricted area is a circle with a radius of three nautical miles (5.5 km) around the conference venue and extends from the ground to flight level 100, or about 3,000 m. The RMZ is also a circle, but with a radius of nine nautical miles (around 16.6 km) around the conference venue. It extends from the ground to the respective lower limit of Class C airspace Munich.

All flights, including those by model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems, are prohibited in the restricted area ED-R München. These restrictions shall not apply to State aircraft, aircraft of the police, rescue and disaster control flights as well as, as a rule, radar-vectored flights under instrument flight rules at altitudes of 4000 ft MSL and higher.

VFR flights shall maintain continuous air-ground voice communication watch while flying in the RMZ München. Aircraft shall make an initial call before entering the RMZ and also report when leaving the RMZ.

The control zones München and Oberpfaffenhofen and the RMZ Oberschleissheim are excluded from the RMZ München. As a rule, these regulations do not apply to IFR flights. Model aircraft are also excluded.

Restricted areas are put in place as security measures to prevent hazards; they can either be permanent (for example above nuclear power plants or the government precinct in Berlin) or temporary.

Information on the location and size of the area, a map of the restricted area and the RMZ as well as further information can be found on the DFS website

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 (DAS), provides air navigation services as well as consultancy services.