CANSO Safety and Operations’ Workgroups and Task Forces Meeting 2023

Members of CANSO’s Safety or Operations Workgroups and Task Forces were invited to a joint CANSO Safety and Operations’ Workgroups and Task Forces meeting on 7 to 9 February 2023.

Kindly hosted by DFS at its headquarters in Langen, Germany (near Frankfurt), our event gave us the opportunity to meet face to face, in our respective groups and across all the others, for three days of planning, debate, and networking.

The main objective of us getting together was for us to work on our respective plans for the coming year and, where necessary, to collaborate with other workgroups and task forces. 


Tuesday 7 February

08:30 – 09:00Arrive at DFS Headquarters, Langen
09:00 – 09:15Host Welcome
09:15 – 09:25CANSO Welcome
09:25 – 09:35Meeting Overview, Review of Objectives and Agenda
09:35 – 10:00CATS Global Vision
10:00 – 10:20OSC Briefing
10:20 – 11:00Networking Break
11:00 – 11:20SSC Briefing
11:20 – 11:40SISC Briefing
11:40 – 12:30Q&A Session with OSC, SSC, and SISC Leadership
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Workgroup Breakouts
15:00 – 15:30Networking Break
15:30 – 17:00Workgroup Breakouts (continued)

Wednesday 8 February

08:30 – 09:00Arrive at DFS Headquarters, Langen
09:00 – 10:30Workgroup Breakouts (continued)
10:30 – 11:00Networking Break
11:00 – 12:30Workgroup Breakouts (continued)
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Workgroup Breakouts (continued)
15:00 – 15:30Networking Break
15:30 – 17:00Workgroup Breakouts (continued)
To be confirmedOptional Group Dinner in Frankfurt (At own cost)

Thursday 9 February

08:30 – 09:00Arrive at DFS Headquarters, Langen
09:00 – 10:30Workgroup Breakouts (continued)
10:30 – 11:00Networking Break
11:00 – 12:30Workgroup Breakouts (continued)
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Plenary – Workgroup Briefings (each workgroup or task force will have 10 minutes to brief the rest of the meeting on the outcomes of their discussions)
15:00 – 15:30Networking Break
15:30 – 16:00Plenary – Workgroup Briefings (continued)
16:00 – 16:15Closing Remarks

Practical Information


Langen is a town located between the rivers Rhine and Main and is home to the campus of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH.  The Rhein-Main-Area is a metropolitan region with a total population exceeding 5.8 million, encompassed by the cities of Mainz, Wiesbaden and Darmstadt.  

Located approximately 30 minutes from Langen is Frankfurt, the finance capital of Germany.  The Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s oldest and largest trade fairs. Frankfurt is the only city in Germany, which has a skyline like a North American city with several high rising buildings.

Transport from Frankfurt airport

Frankfurt International Airport is located an approximate 15 minute drive from the Mecure Hotel in Langen. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service departing from Frankfurt International Airport, Terminal 1.  

The quickest public mode of transport from Frankfurt International to Langen is to take bus OF-64 leaving from Terminal 1, platform 20, every 30 minutes from 11 minutes past the hour to Dreieich-Buschshlag station and change to the S-Bahn (S3/S4 direction Langen/Darmstadt).

Access to DFS Headquarters

To access the conference venue, DFS Headquarters, all attendees are required to show an identification document (ID). Please bring a passport or driving licence, and enter the campus via Gate 9 on Heinrich-Hertz-Straβe. There you will be asked to show your ID and collect your Wi-Fi credentials and your guest access pass, which is valid for the duration of the event. DFS staff will meet you at Gate 9 and guide you to the meeting rooms.  Here is a map of the conference venue.


The nearest hotel is the The Mercure Hotel Frankfurt Airport Langen, Robert Bosch Straße 26, 63225 Langen. It is within an easy walk of the DFS Head Office.

To book your accommodation, email the hotel with your request at or call them on 49 (0)6103 9720. Please mention CANSO when making your enquiries.

Visa Information

There are a number of countries whose citizens are required to obtain a valid visa to enter Germany. For more information about obtaining a visa, please visit and click on Visa&Service.

Travelers who are a national of, or who hold a visa valid for one of the Schengen countries, may enter Germany without a formal visa.

Time Zone

The time zone in Langen is UTC/GMT 1 hour.


German is the official national language spoke in Langen although English is widely spoken. The CANSO Operations and Safety Workgroups and Task Forces Meeting 2023 will be conducted in English, and any materials related to the conference will be available in English.


The currency in Germany is the Euro. One EUR is approximately 1.04 USD. For the latest exchange rate, we recommend using a currency converter. If you require cash after your arrival in Germany Frankfurt International Airport provides currency exchange services.

Bank/ Credit Cards

Visa and MasterCard are usually accepted in German cities, however many restaurants and bars accept cash only. It is possible to withdraw cash at a variety of ATMs found within Langen and Frankfurt and Frankfurt International Airport.


Service charge is usually included in the bill in most restaurants in Germany. It is also recommended to round up your bill to the nearest whole number. To tip 5 – 10 % of the bill is a good idea if you are satisfied with quality and service.


Germany uses the 230V AC at a frequency of 50 Hz. Two point electrical plugs are standard in Langen.


In February the climate in Langen will be colder, with average temperatures reaching a high of around 6° Celsius (42°F). Temperatures at night can drop to below freezing (0°C or 40°F).

DFS has its own train station called Langen-Flugsicherung.

Transport within the Rhine-Main-Area

The Rhine-Main-Transport-Association (RMV) runs an extensive traffic network in the area, combining trains, metros, trams and bus. You can use the whole network with one ticket sold at the station from vending machines, The S-Bahn line 3 will take you to downtown Frankfurt, stations Hauptwache and Konstablerwache within 15 minutes. The S-Bahn departs Langen-Flugsicherung every 15 minutes, for more information please find timetables here.


Tap water is drinkable in Germany and of excellent quality. If you wish to buy bottled water Mineralwasser is still water and Sprudel is sparkling water.

Emergency Services

In case of an emergency, dial 110 for the police or 112 for the fire brigade and ambulance service (free of charge). The emergency hotline on the DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH campus landline phones is 8888. If you need assistance from DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, call 49 6103 707-0

Event Details

7 – 9 February 2023

Langen, Germany

DFS head office, Langen, Germany


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