Expert knowledge for drone pilots

Eisenschmidt, a subsidiary of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, has published a two-volume series for drone pilots.
Volume one contains basic knowledge indispensable for acquiring the drone licence. The recently published volume two gives an introduction to risk management for unmanned aircraft systems.

23.03.2018.- What does a drone pilot have to know in order to safely operate such an aircraft? How can a user determine and minimise the risk of a drone operation? Information on these topics can be found in the drone guide, a German series in two volumes published by Eisenschmidt. The author is Maximilian Beck, an expert in this field. He works for the aeronautical authority of Lower Saxony as an expert for unmanned aircraft systems. He is also a commercial drone pilot.

The first volume on basics provides fundamental information on the current legal situation, flight operations and navigation. It also focuses on new features of the Aviation Regulation introduced by the German Federal Ministry of Transport (MoT) in April 2017. Since then, a drone licence has been mandatory for all pilots of model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems in Germany.

“The drone guide is indispensable for safe drone operations,” said DFS CEO Klaus-Dieter Scheurle. This book also has review questions so the readers can check their knowledge of the content. In addition, it contains formulations for the paperwork required by authorities and various checklists helpful for the pilot.

The second volume on risk management for civil drones and SORA has just been published. It provides an introduction to risk management for unmanned aircraft systems and presents the “specific operational risk assessment” method, in short SORA-GER, which was developed by the German MoT and the aeronautical authorities of the Federal States. Based on several influencing factors such as the size of the aircraft or the population density on the ground, this method helps identify the size of the risk and the effectiveness of preventive measures so that the responsible aeronautical authority can approve planned flights.

The two books are available in German only and can be ordered from

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Jan-Eric Putze and Prof. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,400 employees. 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 the 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.