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

  • 1982
    Entry into the German Air Force
  • 1982 - 1983
    Basic military training and officer education and training
  • 1983 - 1985
    Undergraduate pilot training and weapon system training F-4 F Phantom
  • 1986 - 1992
    Instructor pilot and weapon instructor, 2./ Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen”, Wittmund
  • 1992 - 1993
    Operations officer training, Staff Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen”
  • 1993 - 1994
    Operations officer, 1./ Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen”
  • 1994 - 1996
    Squadron commander, 2./ Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen”
  • 1996 - 1998
    General Staff Officers Course, German Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Hamburg
  • 1998 - 2000
    Staff Officer to COMAIRNORTH, HQ AIRNORTH, Ramstein
  • 2000 - 2003
    Staff Officer Politico-Military Policy and Bilateral Relations Branch, Armed Forces Joint Staff, Federal Ministry of Defence, Berlin
  • 2003 - 2004
    Spokesman of the German Air Force, Federal Ministry of Defence, Berlin
  • 2004 - 2007
    Commander, Fighter Wing 73 “Steinhoff“, Laage
  • 2012-2013
    Spokesman ISAF, Kabul
  • 2013 - 2014
    Director Air Operations, German Air Force Operational Command, Cologne
  • 2014 - 2015
    Assistant Chief of Staff Operations, German Air Force Headquarters
  • 2015 - 2018
    Commander Flying Units, Air Force Forces Command
  • since 07/2018
    Director General German Military Aviation Authority, Cologne

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 Authorities Conference at Cologne


European Military Aviation Authorities 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

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next to the airport CGN



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