Air traffic control clearances

Keeping the skies safe together

Would you like to operate a drone or release sky lanterns or (toy) balloons in the immediate vicinity of one of our airports (approx. 15 km)? For a party, for example? Are you planning a fireworks display near an airport or would you like to use a high-power spotlight? Are you planning a parachute jump in one of our control zones? If so, then you have come to the right place.

Air sports and recreational activities in the vicinity of a commercial airport can have an impact on existing air traffic. It is therefore necessary to register such activities with the competent air traffic control unit, which is usually the aerodrome control unit (tower). It can assess whether your activities pose a hazard to air traffic safety and can issue you with the permission required for your project at short notice (usually by telephone), subject to conditions as required.

DFS Aviation Services is the responsible aerodrome control unit and thus your right contact for particular air traffic clearances in the control zones, i.e. within a radius of approximately 15 km around the following airports:

    • Dortmund (DTM/EDLW)
    • Friedrichshafen (FDH/EDNY)
    • Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB/EDSB)
    • Lahr (LHA/EDTL)
    • Memmingen (FMM/EDJA)
    • Mönchengladbach (MGL/EDLN)
    • Paderborn-Lippstadt (PAD/EDLP)
  • Weeze/Niederrhein (NRN/EDLV)

For the other airports in Germany, you can turn to DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH.


In the following FAQs we will show you the necessary criteria and steps depending on the planned aviation activity:


Contact form for balloon releases

Important note:

This contact for ist only for toy balloon releases.
For all other activities, e-mail us at with the following information:

About the person: Full name, telephone number (for queries)
About the activity: Type, place (exact address), airport concerned, date & time

    Contact data

    Where would you like to release the balloons?

    You can mark the exact location on this map (by placing the red cursor somewhere on the map). The coordinates help with a quick and precise assignment.

    Start date & time (required)

    End date & time (required)

    Number of balloons (required)