German Military Aviation Authority – Competence and Safety for Military Aviation

Dear Reader,

At any given moment, german airspace is busy with air traffic of all categories, while the German Military Aviation Authority works in the background to guarantee safe and mission focused Military Aviation. GMAA’s four Divisions and two Directorates are set up to cover all responsibilities and provide the professional competence necessary to achieve this goal.

In recognition of the complexity of the Military Aviation System, our expertise covers the complete lifecycle of military aircraft: starting from development support, via certification and operational approval on to standardization and licensing of personnel. This unique structure puts us in a leading role among European Military Aviation Authorities.

As such, we cultivate professional partnerships worldwide and work to promote cooperation with international agencies.The common goal of all men and women working at the GMAA will always be to employ their high professional expertise to further joint achievements. This brochure is intended to give you an overview of our work abroad and in Cologne – the home of german military aviation.

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Director General GMAA

  • 1984
    Entry into the German Air Force; officer training
  • 1986 – 1987
    Jet pilot training on the F-4F Phantom weapon system
  • 1988 - 1996
    Fighter Pilot, Weapons Offi cer, Fight Commander and Operations Officer at Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen”, Wittmund
  • 1996 – 1998
    Squadron Commander, 1st Squadron, Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen”, Wittmund
  • 1998 – 2000
    Participation in the 43rd National General/Admiral Staff Officer Course, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg
  • 2000 – 2002
    Personal Staff Officer to the Commander/Deputy Commander, Allied Air Forces Northern Europe, Ramstein
  • 2002 – 2003
    Chief of Division A 3, 4th Air Division, Aurich
  • 2003 – 2004
    Assistant Branch Chief for Military Policy Concepts for Operations and Exercises, Federal Ministry of Defense, Armed Forces Staff III 6, Berlin
  • 2004 – 2005
    Military Policy Assistant to Parliamentary State Secretary Walter Kolbow, Member of the Bundestag, Federal Ministry of Defense, Berlin
  • 2005 – 2006
    Personal Assistant and Head of Offi ce to Parliamentary State Secretaries Walter Kolbow, Member of the Bundestag, and Dr. Friedbert Pflüger, Member of the Bundestag, Federal Ministry of Defense, Berlin
  • 2006 – 2009
    Commander, Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen”, Wittmund
  • 2009 – 2012
    Chief of the Air Force Conceptual Development Branch, Federal Ministry of Defense, Air Staff III 1, Bonn
  • 2012
    Deputy Chief of Staff, Directorate 1 - Air Force Future Development/Plans and Policy, German Air Force Headquarters, Berlin
  • 2013 - 2014
    Chief of Division I, Strategic Defense Planning and Concepts, Federal Ministry of Defense, Directorate-General for Planning, Bonn
  • 2014 - 2017
    Commander, European Air Transport Command, Eindhoven
  • seit 09/2017
    Director General German Military Aviation Authority, Köln

Total approach to Safety in Military Aviation

Our core competencies

The German Military Aviation Authority bears the technical responsibility for safe military flight operations in Germany. It was officially activated by Federal Minister of Defense Dr Ursula von der Leyen in Cologne-Wahn on 7 January 2015.

The Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Military Aviation is organized in a way as to be able to accomplish its extensive mission, especially in view of the technical progress to be expected. We have the necessary capabilities and we actively cooperate with our national and international partners. In the Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Military Aviation, we bear the responsibility for safe military aviation.” Our core competencies:

  • » future-oriented preparation and further development of regulations for military aviation
  • » certification of Bundeswehr aircraft and aeronautical systems, including supplementary equipment
  • » regulation and standardization of military flight operations in Germany
  • » certification and recognition of agencies, authorities and institutions
  • » licensing of flying, technical and aeromedical personnel
  • » prevention of incidents and accidents involving military aircraft

Next European Military Aviation Authority Conference at Cologne


European Military Aviation Authority Conference


The European Military Aviation Authorities Conference, in short EUMAAC, takes place once a year in one of the seventeen participating EUMAAC nations. The conference is hosted by the respectively presiding nation. During the German EUMAAC chairmanship the conference was hosted by the GMAA and held in June 2017 at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg. Amongst the EUMAAC nations‘ Military Aviation Authorities (MAA) Directors, exalted representatives of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Commission (EC) attend the conference.

More Information about EUMAAC

We are located at Cologne

next to the airport CGN
27° 17°

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