Calibration flights at Berlin Schönefeld Airport

From 30 June 2020, numerous days of calibration flights are scheduled to take place at Schönefeld Airport (SFX).

29.06.2020.- To ensure the safety of air traffic at the new Berlin Airport (BER), it is necessary for DFS, the German air navigation service provider, to test its air navigation services facilities at the runways by carrying out calibration flights. Such facilities include instrument landing systems (ILS), which allow 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 calibrations 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like with cars, without such regular inspections, air navigation services facilities can have their technical approval withdrawn.

The upcoming inspections concern the systems of both the future northern and southern runways of the new Berlin Airport (BER) for approaches from the east and west. The future northern runway of BER is the runway currently being used for Schönefeld Airport (SFX). The system for the future southern runway will be calibrated for the first time.
Because of the low traffic volume currently being experienced at Schönefeld Airport (SFX), DFS has decided to carry out these flight during the day, and not at night as originally planned. A twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air 350 will be used as the calibration aircraft. These calibration flights require good weather and visibility conditions. As these conditions do not always prevail, the calibration flights will be distributed on individual days from 27 June until 9 August.

Calibration flights are indispensable for the safety of air traffic. DFS would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by such flights.

Media contact:
Stefan Jaekel
Telephone: +49 (0)30 74306 - 130

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,600 employees as at 31 December 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.