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VFR Traffic

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

Paderborn/Lippstadt’s airspace and general traffic levels make the airport very friendly to VFR traffic in the real world. As this is similar on VATSIM, controllers will usually be able to accommodate VFR requests. However, the limited amount of space at Paderborn/Lippstadt can result in situations where some VFR requests might be denied during periods of high traffic.

Airspace Structure


The Paderborn/Lippstadt CTR has a top altitude of 2500 ft MSL, about 1800 ft AGL. Please pay close attention to setting the correct QNH and your altitude to avoid inadvertently entering the TMZ above.

The following mandatory reporting points exist around the airport:

Reporting point
-- model airfield Salzkotten
-- valley West of Henglarn
-- highway A44 between limestone quarries between Erwitte and Anröchte
-- industrial district Geseke
to be crossed between 2200ft and 2500ft
not available for SVFR
highway intersection A33 and A44
former Büren prison
Leiberg sports facilities

Keep in mind that ATC might instruct you to use a different reporting point than the one you requested, if necessary.


The Paderborn/Lippstadt TMA is class E with a transponder mandatory zone reaching up to FL60. All VFR aircraft inside the TMZ have to squawk 6102 and monitor 125.225.

Even when no dedicated controller is covering 125.225, you still have to set the squawk and monitor the frequency. During top down service at Paderborn/Lippstadt, most controllers will use 125.225 as a secondary frequency and even if they don't, they can quickly activate it if they need to speak to you.