EDDS - Stuttgart
At The Ground
Always have charts available! The easiest way to find some charts is to use Chartfox (Vatsim Login required).
Hold Short Instructions:
Sometimes hold short instructions are possible. If you are given a hold short of instruction: Hold in front of the dashed yellow line, do not turn into the taxiway! See the example image.
hold short of the dashed yellow line in front of a taxiway
Give way Instruction:
Often you will hear an instruction to continue taxi as number two behind a passing aircraft.
ATC: Taxi to holdingpoint runway 07 via M L2 and K, at November number 2 behind company A320 from the left
This means, you have to give way to this aircraft at the crossing taxiway. Please make sure to follow this instruction correctly, otherwise ask the controller if the mentioned traffic is not in sight or you are unsure what to do.
Start-Up and Enroute (IFR) Clearance
In Germany you request “start-up and enroute clearance” to get your IFR clearance. This does not include the pushback, therefore a separate approval is required!
- Always check the current ATIS first!
- Report Callsign, ATIS Information and request start-up
(e.g. “Lufthansa 12FU, Information A, request start-up and enroute clearance.”)
- Only request start-up when you are ready for pushback within the next 5 minutes
- Clearance also available via Datalink (PDC/DCL via Hoppie ACARS System) - check Controller Info for Airport Code!
- Valid routes out of Stuttgart are available via grd.aero-nav.com.
Only ask for Pushback if you are able to start pushback immediately when receiving pushback approval! It might be possible that ATC will instruct you to do a specific routing for pushback (into a specific taxiway, push and then pull foreward, etc.). Always report when unable or if you do not understand the instruction! Set your Squawk and turn on your Transponder before offblock.
To optimize the traffic flow expect intersection departures. Report earliest available intersection to Ground/Tower during or before taxi.
Departure frequency will not be issued by Tower. Contact Langen Radar immediately after takeoff! If not specified otherwith, all departures have to contact Langen Radar on 125.050.
Use ICAO Noise Abatement Departure Procedure 2. Accelerate to flap retraction speed at 1000AGL (~1400ft on your altimeter).
Do not climb above your initial climb until advised by ATC! You will receive your initial climb with your startup clearance and you can find it on the departure charts (written part) as well. At Stuttgart it is always 5000ft.
Note that most SIDs have a speed limit for the first turn which always has to be adhered to, unless cleared otherwise by ATC.
Normal descent speeds are 280kt ± 20kt until FL100, thereafter max. 250kt. On downwind expect vectors to final, mostly shortly after passing abeam the FAF/FAP. Plan your descent accordingly! Maintain good speeds. As a general guidance on base you should be around 220kt, when cleared for the final approach between 200-180kt. Expect to cross the FAF/FAP between 200 -180kt and to maintain 170kt until 5 DME.
When contacting Stuttgart Director report your Callsign only! Expect late descend on intercept altitude due to MVA.
Expedite vacating the runway after landing. Use the first high speed exit reasonably possible. Do not taxi slowly on the runway!
Tower will instruct the initial turn on taxiway S/N depending on the runway in use. Change frequency only when instructed to do so!
Charts and Scenery
IFR Charts for Stuttgart Airport are available at https://chartfox.org/EDDS (Vatsim Login required).
VFR Charts are available for every airfield in Germany via https://www.vfraip.de/ (official DFS VFR AIP) or with less information at https://www.openflightmaps.org/ed-germany/.
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