Calibration flights around Frankfurt Airport

In the period from 10 to 14 July 2023, extensive calibration flights will be carried out around Frankfurt Airport. A calibration aircraft specially equipped for this purpose will fly a series of approach and departure procedures.

The flight inspections started in the night from 10 to 11 July and will continue in the following nights until Friday, 14 July. They start at 23:00 hrs and continue until the early morning of the following day. Should there be any delays due to technical reasons or the weather, the calibration flights will be continued in an alternative period. 

The calibration aircraft being used is a turboprop Beechcraft Super King Air 350. Overflights of built-up areas will be avoided as far as possible and to the extent the specified flight profiles permit. The calibration is to test the safe operation of the approach and departure routes.

Media contact:
Ute Otterbein
Telephone: +49 (0)6103 707-4162

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 2022. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,200 air traffic controllers guide more than three million flights through German airspace in peak years, up to 10,000 every day. The company operates control centres in Bremen, Karlsruhe, Langen and Munich as well as control towers at the 15 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 Edinburgh Airport in the United Kingdom. DFS is working on the integration of drones into air traffic and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom. Other subsidiaries include R. Eisenschmidt GmbH, which markets publications and products for general aviation, and Kaufbeuren ATM Training GmbH (KAT), which provides training for military air traffic services personnel. The joint venture FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH offers flight inspection services.