Februarys AIRAC brings major changes to several different airports in Germany, most noteworthy Hannover (EDDV) and Munich (EDDM).
Annually the first AIRAC of the new year usually brings no or only very few changes. This year marks no exemption to this. Therefore, V-ATC used the time being and improved the Quickviews here and then. Happy new year everyone!
AIRAC 1613 brings another big change to Frankfurt as the BIBTI, MARUN and TOBAK departure routes now include two additional points along their course. More importantly though new STARs have been implemented for flights arriving PSA from the east similar to the design of the EMPAX STAR. LoAs have been changed accordingly as München ACC will now already clear the STAR before handing over arriving traffic. In favor of the new STAR T161 was deleted and T159 was relocated.
The November AIRAC marks a significant change in European airspace as Austria and Slovenia introduce a combined Free Route Airaspace. This will also affect German airspace as this change requires new entry points towards Austria called DEXIT, INPUL, PITAR, MODSA and GEDSO. Besides this major change to our neighbors, Frankfurt-Hahn receives another makeover with minor changes to tracks and upnumbered arrival and departure routes.
Cycle 1611 leaves area navigation routes and Bremen FIR almost unaffected, but brings some minor changes to Langen FIR along. Noteworthy Frankfurt (EDDF) receives a new STAR starting at EMPAX going through PSA establishing an arrival option from the south with a predefined descend profile. Minor changes to bearings lead to many incremented SID designators and completely new designed RNAV-1 departure routes out of Runway 18. Dortmund (EDLW) alters its ILS frequency for Runway 24 and follows the common modification to change the GPS to an RNAV approach.
After a few months of absence, we will now be able to release our popular Sector File on regular basis again. Obviously our latest version features Langen ACCs new sectors but also brings changes to Bremen ACC with the new delegated TENLI area in upper airspace. Besides the usual updates that occur after every AIRAC, Hamburg's ground layout was redesigned after the ICAO compliant renaming of taxiways as well as positions this summer. Latest changes of sectorisation required a different display of upper and lower airspace boundaries in order to enable clear distinction.
Effective with the first of October Langen ACC will experience significant restructuring and renaming of its sectors. Most certainly this will lead to modified lateral and vertical borders not only in between the Langen FIR but also to adjacent FIRs. Consequently, the Letter of Agreements were substantially revised and can now already be found in advance to the official release date for preparation purposes (see EDGG from 1 OCT 2016).