Nightime flight inspection at Düsseldorf Airport

29.11.2017.- Calibration flights will be conducted at Düsseldorf Airport between 2300 hrs and 0300 hrs in the night from 1 to 2 December 2017. DFS conducts these flights to check the instrument landing system.

The instrument landing system (ILS) enables pilots to land safely even in bad weather conditions with very poor visibility. The accuracy of the transmitted signals must be checked regularly.

The upcoming calibration is for the southern runway during eastbound operations, i.e. for approaches from the direction of Kaarst. Since there have been steady westerly wind conditions for several weeks now, the calibration flights will have to be conducted in the opposite direction of normal operations. As this cannot be done during normal flight operations, DFS will have to conduct these flights at night.

A twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air 350 will be used as the calibration aircraft.

Despite the night curfew at Düsseldorf Airport, technical flight checks such as calibration flights are allowed at night. The calibration of technical facilities is indispensable for the safety of air traffic. DFS would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by such flights.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
Public Relations NRW
Michael Fuhrmann: (0211) 4154-113 / (0171) 5058770

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 September 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.