What are the requirements for the ground crew

An overview of jobs at the airport

Air traffic controller

All over the world, planes are constantly taking off and landing, crossing oceans and continents. As an air traffic controller, you keep a close eye on them on the ground and in the sky. You have to be on your toes for this, because your safety is in your hand! As an air traffic controller, you monitor and coordinate air traffic. You skillfully guide the machines through the airspace in such a way that they do not endanger each other. You can follow their trajectories on the radar screen and stay in contact with the pilots via radiotelephone. You give them instructions for take-off, landing, altitude and travel route. You will also inform the pilots about the weather situation and other safety-relevant factors.

After your training as an air traffic controller, you will find employment with DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, with airport operators and with the German Armed Forces. The Tower pilot works from the control tower at the airport. He monitors the airspace above and around the airport. Center guides are responsible for a specific flight space (sector) outside the airport area. Your top priority as an air traffic controller is “Safety first”. You have the highest level of responsibility and must be able to work with concentration over a longer period of time and observe very closely. You also have a good sense of space.

As an air traffic controller, you have to absorb and process a lot of information in a short period of time so that you can react quickly and correctly even in tricky situations. Quite a lot to ask, do you think? Right! That's why you never work alone, but always in a team with other air traffic controllers. State-of-the-art radar and computer systems provide you with reliable information and support you in your demanding work.