19.12.2019.- DFS wins prestigious industry award

AirMagic, a joint development of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung and Airtopsoft, has won the ATM Award 2019 in the technology category. The system optimises the scheduling of air traffic controllers using weather forecasts based on fast-time simulations. In this way, it guarantees optimum scheduling of air navigation services personnel at the DFS control centres.

AirMagic merges live air traffic data from different data streams and creates a fast-time simulation. For each individual flight, the simulation calculates a 4D trajectory, i.e. a three-dimensional flight trajectory forecast together with a time estimate. The results of the simulation provide a precise short-term forecast of the expected traffic situation for each individual controller working position. This allows tailored, efficient and economic staff scheduling. It is possible to avoid overload situations, adapt staff scheduling and conduct organisational changes such as short-term sectorisation. In full load situations, AirMagic can avoid delays.

The planning tool has been used for almost two years at the area control centre in Munich. At the Bremen control centre, it has been in use since September 2019. It is currently being implemented at the largest DFS control centre in Langen where DFS is headquartered.

The ATM Award is presented annually by Air Traffic Management, a leading magazine in the aviation industry. With this award, it honours exceptional achievements and innovations in aviation. This year, project groups from all over the world had submitted their applications for the categories capacity, safety and sustainability of air traffic. The jury selected the winners from a shortlist of 36 nominations. The jury consisted of an international team of experts with representatives from ICAO, IATA, FAA, IFATCA, EUROCONTROL and the pan-European SESAR initiative.

DFS was also successful in two further categories of the ATM Awards. As a FABEC Member, it received an award in the environment category for the xStream project, together with NATS, Air France, Lufthansa and Swiss.

And together with Thales, COOPANS, DSNA, ENAIRE, ENAV, EUROCONTROL, Frequentis, HungaroControl, Indra, Leonardo and further organisations, DFS had developed the project “SESAR 16.03 - virtual centres” and received an award in the research and innovation category.

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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 2,200 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