Drone licence with added insights from the world of air traffic control

The first drone operators just received their drone licence awarded by the DFS subsidiary Eisenschmidt.

15.11.2017.- DJI, the global leader in drone manufacturing, choose Eisenschmidt to deliver a drone course for its staff. Eisenschmidt, as a subsidiary of the German air navigation service„“ provider DFS, was able to offer the necessary training – with added insights from the world of air traffic control. Staff from DJI Deutschland GmbH attended a training programme on 10 November. After passing the test, the participants are now allowed to pilot drones weighing more than two kilograms. Since 1 October, a regulation in force in Germany allows only approved pilots to fly such large drones. Eisenschmidt was one of the first organisations to be recognised by the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrtbundesamt) as a provider of drone training and testing and has been offering courses since the beginning of November.

Flight instructors and commercial pilots provide the training
Experienced flight instructors and commercial pilots provide the theory section covering all the prescribed content, such as air law, meteorology, flight operations and navigation. The participants then complete a test of what they have learnt. Currently, Eisenschmidt offers the drone licence course at the general aviation airport in Egelsbach, Germany. Other locations in Germany are in the works, including Kaufbeuren, Dinslaken and Braunschweig as well as additional sites of the German Aero Club (DAeC). Customised courses for companies are also available. Eisenschmidt has many years of experience in aeronautical publications and training for manned aviation and now also offers teaching and learning material for unmanned aircraft systems, or drones.

Drone app provides the information pilots need before take-off
The course complements the portfolio of products and services DFS offers for drone pilots. The drone app presented by DFS this July, for example, can be used by drone pilots to see if a planned flight is safe or not. More than 20,000 drone pilots now use this app. The drone licence is a useful addition to the comprehensive range of products, developments and research projects related to unmanned aircraft managed by DFS and its subsidiaries. The goal is the safe and fair integration of drones into German airspace.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,400 employees as at 30 SEP 2017. 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 subsidiary, DFS Aviation Services GmbH, markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport in the UK.