New Pilot Reference Card, current as of November 2020

The new version of the harmonized Pilot Reference Card for the six German Airport-CDM airports is now available. The following has changed:

  • Frankfurt (EDDF): TSAT text message service removed, instead data is now available via the Airport-CDM app
  • Berlin (EDDB): SXF is no more, here is BER!
  • QR code to download the Airport CDM app for iOS and Android


Harmonised Annual KPI Report 2019

The 2019 edition of the Annual KPI Report is ready! This document contains important performance indicators that are comparable across all German A-CDM airports. It aids in recognising local as well as national trends and developments.

The Report for the year 2019 is available in English and German and can now be downloaded.

Opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport on October 31, 2020

On October 31, 2020 the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport "Willy Brandt" (BER) will open whose area includes that of the current Schönefeld (SXF) airport. Even with many other things at the airport changing, Airport CDM remains and will continue to function for its users exactly as before in SXF.

To make this possible, many background processes were adjusted and optimized during the previous months. To make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, additional A-CDM experts from DFS Headquarters will join the local A-CDM team of FBB and DFS tower during the transition phase to monitor the process and A-CDM performance and support where needed. Contact details for the jointly operated FBB/DFS A-CDM Back Office will be published here shortly.

Until the opening, both A-CDM processes for SXF and BER are available on this site. At the beginning of November 2020 SXF data will be removed.

Berlin-Brandenburg Airport

ACDM@GER-Harmonization Meeting 2019

2019’s annual Harmonization Meeting of the Airport CDM Harmonization Initiative Germany (ACDM@GER) took place from 5. to 7. November 2019 at Hamburg Airport. Over the first two days, more than 20 representatives of the six German A-CDM airports, towers of Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS / German ANSP) and DFS Headquarters discussed the results achieved by the various ACDM@GER subgroups during the year 2019.

These subgroups deal, among other things, with necessary modifications in the DPI exchange with the Network Manager (NMOC), optimizations or adaptions of the A-CDM procedures, and the provision of standardized key performance indicators for the A-CDM process. During the meeting, national harmonization of the automated TOBT generation (elimination of alert CDM14), the “return to stand” procedure and a new definition of alerts CDM07 and CDM07a (feasibility check) were adopted.

Besides the reports of the subgroups, several presentations on both national and international topics were shown and some forward-looking projects introduced. Some airports started research on the use of artificial intelligence within the turnaround process. In addition, initial ideas on the optimization of the pre-departure sequencer by using pre-defined scenarios were developed. Some interesting local procedures at other European CDM airports were also presented, such as Madrid Airport’s implementation of a special prioritization procedure in case of expected significant decreases in departure capacity.

Traditionally ACDM@GER uses the third day for an intense exchange with different stakeholders. For this meeting, Airline OCCs, HCCs or dispatch units were invited to join the meeting. Unfortunately, due to the strike of Lufthansa cabin crews, the large majority of the airline representatives had to withdraw their participation. Nevertheless, a very constructive and professional discussion with the guests from the Network Manager and the airlines took place during which additional fields of closer co-operation could be identified, with first joint undertakings already having been agreed on.

The ACDM@GER Harmonization Meeting 2019 once again illustrated the large amount of topics and challenges to ensure efficient processes between the involved stakeholders. Close co-operation between the German A-CDM airports and DFS as their local and central partner contributes in an essential way to the successful accomplishment of all these tasks.

Harmonised Annual KPI Report 2018 

The 2018 edition of the Annual KPI Report is ready! This document is published within the first half of every year and contains important performance indicators that are comparable across all German A-CDM airports. It aids in recognising local as well as national trends and developments.

The Report for the year 2018 is available in English and German and can now be downloaded. 

Dusseldorf: ACDM Awareness Campaign 

July 2018:

Awareness Campaign to reduce delay at Düsseldorf Airport

At the beginning of the summer period 2018 Düsseldorf Airport published an awareness campaign to improve punctuality, i.e. by better adhering to the A-CDM procedures.

Flyers, posters and stickers are addressed to the following target groups: Flight Crews, Ramp Handling and Pushback Service Providers.

Each of these stakeholders has to stick to the procedures to make sure that the existing capacity at the airport and in the airspace can be used optimally. In times of high demand no shows at the runway due to missing TOBT and TSAT as well as late TOBT updates result in unused resources which then means additional delay for the entire system.

In Düsseldorf this is really sensitive due to the local RWY usage permit. The A-CDM motto “Best planned – best served” is more important than ever. At DUS Airport a continuous check and realistic TOBT setting is desirable during the turnaround process. Flight Crew, Ramp Agent and Gate Staff should be in contact with each other so that potential delays might be advised to the TOBT responsible person as early as possible.

The campaign is published in German to the greatest extent, but flyers, posters and stickers for Flight Crews are also distributed in English.

Take-off and landing


Automatic EOBT Update Service 

June 2018:

Any change of more than 15 minutes to the EOBT of a filed flight plan has to be communicated to EUROCONTROL.

At selected Airport-CDM airports, EUROCONTROL is offering airline OCCs automatic EOBT updates of flights whose local TOBT is more than 15 minutes later than the current EOBT. Regardless of this new function, manual EOBT updates are still possible.

Are you interested in finding out more or organising a trial? Have a look at EUROCONTROL’s leaflet or contact our colleagues in Brussels via e-mail.