Meeting IG-Hangflug with DMFV

With IG Hangflug, a community of interests was already formed a few months ago, which places model flight operations on the mountain slopes of the neighbouring Alpine countries at the centre of its activities. IG Hangflug is critically and expertly following the progress of the new European legislation for unmanned aerial vehicles and in particular the implementation of the EU regulation in national law – especially for its main area of interest.Since the greatest possible freedom for model pilots and the safe practice of the sport are equally important to the IG Hangflug and the DMFV, they had agreed on a bilateral meeting of the responsible persons of both organisations at the Landessportbund Hessen in Frankfurt. The aim of the meeting was to identify possible discrepancies in the viewpoint of the new legal construct and ideally to synchronise the thrust of both organisations. This was also with a view to further future challenges and risks due to the reorganisation of the lower airspace, keyword “U-Space”.On Friday, 11 June, an extremely constructive discussion took place between the participants Gerd Holzner and Achim Dörfler from IG Hangflug, as well as Hans Schwägerl, RA Carl Sonnenschein and Uli Hochgeschurz from the DMFV.Basically, both parties agree that a solid basis for model aviation in general and hang gliding in particular has been created for the Federal Republic of Germany with the legal framework now passed by the Bundestag and Bundesrat. In this context, the DMFV once again made it clear that permit-free model flying on greenfield sites, and slope flying in particular, had always played a central role in the association’s considerations when making demands on the Federal Ministry of Transport. However, the preservation of ascent permits on the club grounds and the protective effect based on this for future legislative projects (U-Space) is still of central importance.In the future, an operating licence will be necessary for the special status of model aviation compared to other unmanned aircraft. To obtain this, the DMFV and DAeC associations must prove to the Federal Ministry of Transport how they intend to ensure the safe operation of model aircraft in their organisation.”The DMFV will not achieve this proof through a rigid, standardised set of rules, but rather through proactive safety management,” explains Hans Schwägerl, “The required safety measures result from the evaluation of the voluntary and anonymous entries in our incident database.”The DMFV is currently developing this incident and accident database together with the German Hang Gliding Association (DHV), the German Gliding Association (DSV) and in all likelihood also with the German Parachuting Association (DFV). In this context, the DMFV’s certificate of proficiency continues to play a central role.The IG-Hangflug is of the opinion that a protective effect and the avoidance of senseless restrictions (e.g. weight, height and age limits) for slope flying are only conceivable through operating licences not tied to a specific location within the framework of an association. This is also the only way to avoid the threat of compulsory transponders.”This way is expressly provided for by the EU legislator. Article 16 of the Implementing Regulation 2019/947 explicitly privileges model aviation over the open category,” states Achim Dörfler. “As already practised in Germany by its associations, this opportunity should also be used in the other countries of the EU.”In this context, the representatives of IG Hangflug explained that their main concern was the urgently needed reciprocal guest flying rights for model pilots from the respective neighbouring countries. In this regard, Austria in particular had to be identified as a potential problem for international cooperation.There are no plans there to apply for privileges for model flying in the form of an operating licence within the framework of an association. Instead, the Austrian Aeroclub (ÖeAC) has established the regulations of the open category of the EU regulation with an irrevocable 120-metre cap and delegated possible applications for special regulations to its clubs. According to Gerd Holzner, the over-regulatory and monopolistic approach of legal regulations in France is also a cause for great concern and contrasts with the European freedom of movement.The DMFV expressly welcomes the activities of the IG Hangflug in this regard and agreed to once again deal in particular with the design of guest rights within the internal association procedures in the DMFV. For its part, IG Hangflug is considering mobilising its members in the neighbouring countries affected.Overall, both sides agreed on more intensive communication and an open ear for the interests of the other in the future. After a little more than two and a half hours in an extremely open and pleasant discussion atmosphere, the participants from both sides said goodbye to each other with the feeling that the journey to Frankfurt and the adherence to the strict distance and hygiene regulations at the LSB, which were a prerequisite for this personal meeting, had all been worthwhile.

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