Army Flight Operations Detachment, located in Wiesbaden, Germany is a
unique support organization in the US Army.
Organized in 1957 in Heidelberg, Germany, the AFOD was created to provide centralized flight
services to all US Army aircraft operating in Europe. In 2014 AFOD relocated from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden. Today, AFOD provides flight service support for the US
European Command whose area of responsibility includes 93 countries and
territories, which span over 21 million square miles from the North Cape of
Norway to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. As an extension of the USAEUR/7A Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3
Aviation Office, the AFOD supports all USAREUR/7A’s aviation training
exercises and contingency missions during deployments and re-deployments and
acts as the central point of contact for aviation related matters.
The detachment is commanded by a Chief Warrant Officer Five, and staffed with 2 warrant officers, 6 noncommissioned officers, and 17 local national civilians. It is organized into the following sections: Flight Operations, Flight Data Processing and Notice to Airmen.
The flight operations section maintains a military interface with the local national employees who operate the aeronautical information and processing sections. As the coordinating element for all operational issues, it provides centralized control for emergency actions and notification of all precautionary landings and aircraft mishaps to USAREUR’s Command Center and Safety Office. Additionally, flight operations investigate alleged aircraft violations and near-miss reports, provides technical assistance to USAREUR aviators in mission planning, conducts briefings for newly assigned USAREUR aviators, and performs website management.
Flight Data Processing (FDP)
The flight data processing section serves as the primary interface between
airfield base operations and aircrews.Flight plans and related operational messages are routed through this
section for processing and dissemination to the appropriate international
military or civil air traffic authority. Civilian specialists provide preferred instrument flight routes to
aviators and deconflict departure slots with the Eurocontrol’s Central
Flow Management Unit. This
section receives and transmits an average of 2,000 operational messages
daily and provides assistance in the search for missing aircraft.
Once an aircraft becomes airborne, flight data processing establishes monitoring and procedural tracking of the aircraft’s progress. All messages relating to the status of a flight are relayed to this section. If an aircraft should become overdue at its destination, the civilian specialists will initiate a communications search. This section also coordinates departure/landing slots at international airports.
Notices to Airmen (NOTAM)
NOTAM section operates the Department of Defense Internet NOTAM Facility for
the European Theater. They
receive notices from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),
NATO Military, and the European summary and consolidate all information. The civilian specialists publish a unique NOTAM summary, providing
aviators a user-friendly format of valuable flight information not found in
other NOTAM systems. They also
maintain for reference purposes AFOD’s aeronautical information
publications library on 22 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and
This section also coordinates USAREUR's request for special use airspace and PJE.
A central figure in the US Army’s flight operations in Europe since July 1957, AFOD’s reputation for excellence is widely recognized within the European aviation community. AFOD’s flight services have been instrumental in maintaining the safe and expeditious conduct of aviation operations US European Commands area of responsibility. No other unit provides such extensive and professional flight services as does the Army Flight Operations Detachment.