General Burkhard Pototzky, Mayor of the town of Kaufbeuren Stefan Bosse, Minister President Dr Markus Söder, DFS CEO Prof Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, KAT Senior Director Jan Herchenröder

DFS opens new training academy for military air traffic controllers

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, the German air navigation service provider, opened its new training centre in Kaufbeuren, Germany, on Monday 21 October. A subsidiary of DFS, Kaufbeuren ATM Training (KAT), trains military air traffic services personnel at a location directly beside the German Air Force's air base in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria. The training campus also includes two residence halls for up to 80 trainees.

21.10.2019.- The Academy in Kaufbeuren offers a new training environment to those taking courses there. DFS opened the KAT Academy on Monday. Dr Markus Söder, the Bavarian Minister President, and Prof Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DFS, handed over the symbolic key to the new building to the Directors of Kaufbeuren ATM Training (KAT). Per year, the DFS subsidiary can train up to 80 air traffic controllers, aeronautical information services (AIS) officers and other military air traffic services personnel.
Previously, training had been distributed across numerous buildings on the air base itself. The German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, transferred the responsibility for training to KAT at the beginning of 2017. Construction work on the new training centre took around two years. Originally, the grand opening for the KAT Academy was scheduled for 2020. "Not only are we opening on time, but ahead of time," said Prof Scheurle.

High technology over 2,400 square metres
The three floors of the KAT Academy offer 2,400 square metres for offices, classrooms and simulators. The centrepiece of the building is a 360-degree tower simulator, a perfect replica of the working position in a tower cab. Sixteen laser projectors create an all-round high-definition image of a virtual military aerodrome with aircraft taxiing, taking off and landing. The old analogue simulators used by the Bundeswehr have also been replaced with a modern digital infrastructure.
The complete training campus covers an area of 13,4000 square metres, which includes the two residence halls that can accommodate up to 80 trainees. DFS took over the buildings from the Bundeswehr and began a major revamp of the interior and exterior. Overall, DFS has invested a double-digit million euro amount in constructing the new KAT Academy, in renovating the accommodation and in the technical equipment. "It is an investment in the quality of training for military air traffic services at this location and the 60-year tradition here in Kaufbeuren which we are committed to," stressed Prof Scheurle.

"The KAT Academy represents a gain for all..."
The training campus provides military air traffic services personnel with a modern, independent training institution. "The construction of the new building was the right decision. The KAT Academy represents a gain for all – for the region, for the city of Kaufbeuren and for the 80 KAT staff, but above all for the military personnel who will be trained here," said Prof Scheurle at the opening ceremony. "We will be able to offer the high-quality training they need for the demanding jobs they will face."

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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 30/06/2019. 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.