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Departing Traffic

We ask all pilots to also read the General section with information relevant to all pilots.


A thorough preparation is important for any flight. We ask you to conduct a thorough briefing to avoid delays and keep it fun for everyone.

Route planning

You can find valid routes for many destinations in the AeroNav Global Route Database.

When planning a route via SimBrief, please use routes with the Eurocontrol icon, as those will generally be valid.

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When filing an invalid flight plan, you will usually have to file a completely new flight plan before ATC can issue your enroute clearance.

SID assignment

If there is no SID leading to the first waypoint of your flight plan, please check which AIRAC you are using - if your AIRAC cycle is too outdated, it might take some time until the controllers can coordinate a solution for you. Please also make sure you are complying with the following restrictions that exist for some of these waypoints.

only for flights with requested max. FL140
only for flights with requested min. FL150
only for flights with with requested min. FL140 and via RKN or TENLI

Enroute Clearance

Clearance requests in Germany are very short. Please avoid unnecessarily long clearance requests to reduce frequency congestion.

Pilot: Mönchengladbach Ground, Brilliant 1009, stand A3, request enroute clearance, information M.

Datalink Clearance (DCL)

Mönchengladbach also offers electronic datalink clearances (also known as PDC or Pre-Departure Clearance) on VATSIM using the Hoppie ACARS system. The station code is EDLN. If your aircraft does not have a direct integration of the Hoppie system, you can also use easyCPDLC.

Requesting clearance electronically is preferred over voice clearances as it reduces frequency congestion thus avoiding delays. Because of this, we ask all pilots able to use the Hoppie ACARS system to do so.


Startup approval is the "go" from the controller's side to start your engines. It is also an assurance that you will be cleared to start moving within the next 20 minutes.


Pushback is not required as all stands at Mönchengladbach are taxi-out positions.


While Mönchengladbach's layout is relatively simple, it is still important to conduct a thorough briefing of expected taxi routes as well as correct taxiing. To avoid delays for yourself and other users, start taxiing as soon as possible after receiving your taxi clearance and request taxi in a timely manner after your pushback.

If you are unsure about your taxi instructions, hold position and inform ATC immediately.


Mönchengladbach has only one runway which needs to be used for both departures and arrivals. While there is usually not too much other traffic, it is still important to begin your takeoff roll as soon as you receive your clearance and be prepared for immediate takeoff clearances, especially because Mönchengladbach procedures conflict with Düsseldorf procedures and there may only be a small gap to accommodate your departure. If you take too long, ATC might have to cancel your takeoff clearance and issue a go around for an arriving aircraft.


Mönchengladbach utilizes an auto-handoff procedure for IFR departures where Tower will not hand off outbounds to the approach controller. As the airborne frequency changes depending on the operating direction and staffed positions at Düsseldorf, it will always be given to you by the Tower controller.

Contact the airborne frequency immediately when airborne unless explicitly told to remain on Tower frequency.