This article presents an overview of the general aviation in West Germany and is divided into three problem areas relating to airspace restrictions, the obtaining of pilots' licences and supplementary ratings, and the awarding of certificates of air worthiness for foreign aircraft and equipment. Factors such as Germany's geography, its boundaries, its eleven international airports, the host country for the Air Forces of eight NATO countries, numerous flight training missions over West Germany, glider pilots and airfields, and airlines and helicopters, are cited as the main reasons for West Germany's crowded airspace. The solution to safe light aircraft quotients is to avoid the airspace between 150 and 1500 m. Because of the number of "near-miss" accidents, requirements have been raised for the granting of pilot's licences and ratings. As a result standards have gone up, the cost of obtaining a licence has gone up, and the number of licensed pilots has grown at a slower rate than in previous years. The certification of aircraft and equipment is a prime factor in the worsening situation of general aviation in West Germany. The additional cost of obtaining a type of certification for foreign-built equipment is reflected in the aircraft's price.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 331-333
  • Serial:
    • Interavia
    • Volume: 33
    • Publisher: Jane's Information Group
    • ISSN: 0020-5168

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Interavia
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM