Flight inspection of the instrument landing system (ILS)

In the period from 16 to 17 September 2019, calibration flights will be conducted to check the instrument landing system of the northern runway (08L) of Munich Airport. Pilots approaching the northern runway from the west use this system.

13.09.2019.- On the days mentioned, the calibrations will begin around 22:00 hrs and last until approximately 03:00 hrs on the following day. Should there be any delays due to technical reasons or the weather, the calibration flights will have to be continued until the required results are available.

Calibration flights after midnight will be restricted to a minimum. As far as the specified flight profiles permit, overflights of built-up areas should be avoided.
Due to the high traffic volume at Munich Airport, it is necessary to schedule the planned calibration flights during the time of low traffic indicated above. The calibration aircraft being used is a small turboprop Beechcraft Super King Air 350.
The instrument landing system provides navigational support for pilots during approach. The basic principle is that transmitters on the ground electronically define the approach course and glide path angle. The transmitted signals are received in the aircraft and displayed to the pilot in the cockpit.
Only by means of extensive calibrations, which are prescribed at regular intervals, can it be ensured that the instrument landing system provides the required precision.
The planned inspection is therefore necessary for a safe, orderly and expeditious handling of air traffic.

DFS would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by such flights.

Media contact:
Sandra Teleki
Telephone +49 (0)89 9780-124

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,500 employees as at 30 June 2019. 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. DFS has been working on the integration of drones into air traffic since 2016 and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom. www.dfs.de