Flight plan with EUROCONTROL Route Catalogue access and IFPS validation

Anyone who would like to file an IFR flight plan via the AIS Portal of the German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung now has the option of selecting the flight route by the click of the mouse in the EUROCONTROL Route Catalogue. In addition, it is possible to have the flight plan checked by Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) in Brussels by means of the Integrated Initial Flight Plan Processing System (IFPS) to see if it is feasible.
After registering for free at www.dfs-ais.de, flight plans and flight-plan-associated messages can be submitted online. Up to five route proposals with flight time and distance can be displayed for IFR flight plans now. The selected route is transferred to the flight plan by one click.

Before the flight plan is transferred to the Aeronautical Information Service Centre (AIS-C) of DFS, the plan can be validated with the IFPS test system. If everything is admissible, the flight plan can be passed on to AIS-C. In most cases Brussels will send a final acknowledgement (ACK) within just a few minutes. If there are one or more error messages, the pilot can change the flight plan himself on the basis of the error message or he can send it to the AIS-C to be corrected.

Albert Wegert, Head of AIS-C, explains that, "the new functions at the AIS portal make planning for the pilot and AIS officers more reliable. Additionally, the processing time is significantly reduced by IFPS".

Flight plans, flight-plan-associated messages and arrival message can be submitted over the AIS-C portal of DFS free of charge and around the clock both for VFR and IFR in Germany or abroad. NOTAM briefings for all flight information regions (FIR) and aerodromes can be displayed and printed out.

Current route-related NOTAM information for Germany, Austria and Switzerland can be retrieved in German via the VFReBulletin and shown as a graphic display on charts.

Many AIS-C online services are also accessible with mobile devices such as smart phones, PDAs or tablets.


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