Airport and Ground Environment (AGE)

We have been active as a committee of VC since 1977. We are one of the numerous committees, which purely deals with pertinent business for the professional association. Currently, the members of the AGE Committee are solely active airline pilots at German airlines; however, members of other airlines are welcome to contribute their services. ICAO Annex 14 / IFALPA Annex 14 (they differ in part) as well as IFALPA Annex 19 are the foundation of our work. Our main focus is on airport equipment in a broader sense and ‘Rescue and Fire Fighting’ (RFF).

Core of our work

The deficiency list for German airports, which has been being issued for more than  30 years now, is at the core of our work. This list served following the statutes of the IFALPA (International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations) with the original purpose of drawing the attention of pilots from all countries to deficiencies at individual airports. Over the years, the circle of interested parties continued to grow. We have been examining commercial airports since 1978 and regional airports since 1996. In the process, our claim is – ‘One Standard Of Safety’.
With the deficiency list, which is collectively issued by the AGE Committee and the ATS Committee (which examines German airspace), we make a significant contribution to the improvement of airport safety – in collaboration with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Verkehrsflughäfen - ADV (German Airports Association), the individual airports themselves and the Deutsche Flugsicherung - DFS (German Air Traffic Control).
This helped us to achieve that no German commercial airport has been tarnished with one of the unpopular ‘stars’ since 1998. And, that the number of regional airports with ‘star’-triggering deficiencies has also dropped significantly.

Deficiency lists

The hot topics of our current work are:

  • The establishment of IFALPA accredited ‘Airport Liaison Representatives’ (ALRs)
  • Measures for the prevention of runway incursions
  • Surface quality of runways
  • Impact of new larger airplanes (e.g. A 380)
  • RFF at regional airports
  • Visual aids
  • Measures to reduce wildlife hazards at airports

Given that a number of foreign pilots’ associations saw themselves facing some major problems in implementing the IFALPA requirements at their airports, the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations is now attempting to encourage the dialogue between the national ALPAs and the airports in this area using IFALPA accredited ALRs. The experience with this concept has proven to be very good in the past, particularly in the USA, Canada and Hong Kong. And, although our collaboration with airports is quite constructive in this country, this measure should also benefit safety in Germany. By the way, our expertise is not only sought after by airports but also by pilots, companies, citizens and journalists.

What do we want to achieve in the future?

On a national level, a deficiency list, which neither lists commercial nor regional airports with ‘stars’. And on an international level, to continuously adjust the IFALPA annexes to the changing conditions and implement them into the (worldwide binding) ICAO annexes.


Bringewat, Deniz  
Drichel, Peter  
Gehm, Ekkehard  
Graßmück, Sven  
Herz, Julian  
Köhler, Stefan  
Oser, Martin Ulrich  
Rui, Tobias  
Schuster, Arnold  
Siedel, Jons-Philipp  
Starke, Wolfgang  
Weißenborn, Stephan  
Winkelmann, Matthias  
Zimmermann, Michael