Night-time flight inspection at Berlin Tegel Airport

Calibration flights are planned to be conducted at Berlin Tegel

04.12.2019.- Airport between 2300 hrs and 0300 hrs in the night from 6 to 7 December 2019. With this measure, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung will calibrate the instrument landing system (ILS). The ILS enables pilots to land safely even in bad weather conditions with very poor visibility. The accuracy of the transmitted signals must be checked by means of regular calibrations. In many ways, such flight inspections are similar to the roadworthiness tests private cars have to go through in many jurisdictions every few years. Just like with cars, without such regular inspections, air navigation services facilities can have their technical approval withdrawn. 

Despite the night curfew at Berlin Tegel Airport, technical flight checks are permitted at night. Due to the current high traffic volume at Berlin Tegel Airport, it is necessary to conduct the flight inspection at night. The upcoming calibration is for the ILS facility of the southern runway (26L for approaches from the east). 

A twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air 350 will be used as the calibration aircraft. If the calibration cannot be conducted during this night because of the weather, it will be postponed by one week. 

Calibration flights are indispensable for the safety of air traffic. DFS would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by such flights.
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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, more than 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 designated 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 and Edinburgh Airport in the UK.