Federal Supervisory Office for Air Traffic Control

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Supervisory Office for Air Traffic Control - BAF -

Federal Supervisory Office for Air Traffic Control logo.svg
State level Federation
position Higher federal authority
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
founding August 9, 2009
Headquarters Long
Authority management Nikolaus Herrmann
Servants 104
Budget volume EUR 9.6 million (2019)
Web presence www.baf.bund.de

The Federal Supervisory Office for Air Traffic Control ( BAF ) is a German higher federal authority which, as the national supervisory authority , certifies and monitors the field of civil air traffic control . The Federal Office operates on the basis of European and German regulations and laws to create a single European airspace ( SES Single European Sky ) and ensures the mandatory functional separation of regulatory and operational tasks in the field of air traffic control. It is subject to the official and technical supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and is based in Langen .

Founding history

With effect from August 1, 2009, Art. 87d GG was changed, as a result, air navigation services could now also be offered by foreign air traffic control organizations approved under European law. Three days later, on August 4, 2009, the law establishing a federal supervisory office for air traffic control and amending and adapting further regulations came into force. This enabled the separation of supervisory and implementation tasks in air traffic control as required by law. When the law came into force, the BAF was formally established as a higher federal authority within the scope of the Federal Ministry. The establishment took place on August 9, 2009, the commissioning on September 18, 2009 with a ceremony at the headquarters in Langen in the presence of the then Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development, Wolfgang Tiefensee .

Organization and tasks

The Federal Supervisory Office consists of 5 units, a civil-military liaison office and two staff units, one for public relations and one for international affairs. The tasks of the units in detail:

  • Safety oversight of air navigation service providers and air traffic control personnel (SOP)
    • Certification of air navigation service providers
    • Certification of training organizations
    • Certification of training centers
    • Certification and commissioning of "qualified bodies"
    • Carrying out audits and inspections
    • Reporting and reporting for security-relevant incidents
    • Registration and approval of changes to functional systems
    • Supervision of training centers for other air traffic control personnel and air traffic control technical personnel
    • Supervision of training organizations for air traffic controllers
    • Licensing of personnel in air traffic control who require a permit
    • Recognition from aeromedical centers and aeromedicists
  • Economic supervision (WA)
    • Elaboration of the FABEC performance plan in cooperation with the five other member states
    • Performance oversight and monitoring of the performance goals of security, capacity, environment, cost efficiency and civil-military cooperation at the national level
  • Technical Safety Supervision (ST)
    • Checking and announcement of system protection areas for air traffic control facilities according to § 18a LuftVG
    • Review and preparation of notices for construction projects according to § 18b LuftVG
    • Examination of EC declarations of verification according to Regulation (EC) No. 552/2004
    • Monitoring of compliance with EU regulations (compliance monitoring)
    • Participation in consultation processes for European regulations and guidelines
    • Enactment of ordinances for the supervision of flight inspection providers
    • Review of flight inspection companies
    • Aeronautical frequency management, management of aeronautical radio frequencies
    • Representation of German interests in national and international bodies for aeronautical frequency management
    • Type approvals according to the air traffic control systems and device type approval ordinance (FSMusterzulV)
  • Airspace, flight procedures and law (LFR)
    • Determination of implementation regulations for flight procedures and agreement on temporary flight procedures
    • Prosecution of administrative offenses in the event of rule violations in air traffic
    • Legal representation of the BAF and legal department
    • Issuing of fly-through permits for restricted flight areas
  • Central administration (ZV) with the tasks of organization, personnel, budget and internal service

Civil-military cooperation

On July 20, 2015, the framework agreement between the Federal Supervisory Office for Air Traffic Control (BAF) and the Aviation Office of the Federal Armed Forces (LufABw) was signed at a ceremony in Langen (Hesse) . The director of the BAF, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Herrmann, and the head of the LufABw, Major General Dr. Ansgar Rieks , signed the document on future cooperation in the presence of representatives from both authorities.

A civil-military liaison office (VBB) is available to all BAF departments and the Bundeswehr as the central point of contact for issues relating to civil-military cooperation .

Legal basis (selection)

  • (EG) 549/2004 (framework regulation)
  • (EG) 550/2004 (Air Navigation Services Regulation)
  • (EG) 551/2004 (airspace regulation)
  • (EG) 552/2004 (Interoperability Regulation)
  • (EG) 2096/2005 (definition of common requirements)
  • (EG) 2150/2005 (common rules for flexible use of airspace)
  • Regulation (EU) 2015/340 laying down technical regulations and administrative procedures relating to licenses and certificates for air traffic controllers
  • Ordinance on air traffic control personnel who require a permit and their training


  • Annual report 2010 of the Federal Supervisory Office for Air Traffic Control, as of August 2011

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Budget 2020 - Section 12 - Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Federal Ministry of Finance, accessed on August 26, 2020 (overview of positions / positions on page 262).
  2. Bundeshaushalt.de: www.Bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved October 23, 2019 .
  3. ^ Amendment of Art. 87d GG on August 1, 2009
  4. ^ Changes by G. v. July 29, 2009 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 2424)
  5. BR -DRS 831/08 (draft law) (PDF file; 192 kB)
  6. http://www.baf.bund.de/DE/Home/home_node.html

Coordinates: 50 ° 0 ′ 14 ″  N , 8 ° 39 ′ 24 ″  E