Frankfurt-Egelsbach (EDFE) – The Airport of the Rich & Famous
Just 10 km (6.2 Miles) south of the Frankfurt International Airport (EDDF) is a regional airport that is a well-kept secret from millions of travelers that go through Frankfurt International each year.
With more than 200 take-offs and landings each day Frankfurt-Egelsbach is the busiest regional airport in Germany. At first glance it is often viewed as a small airport, mostly for private aviation. In true life there is much more to it and with over 70.000 aircraft movements each year it is busier than some international airports in Germany.
Frankfurt-Egelsbach offers a special challenging approach procedure on runway 08 as there are power lines under the southern approach path that must be crossed at about 700ft. Coming from north or south you must then make a 90 degree turn from over the “autobahn” (German highway) towards the runway and only have a short distance for final descent to 385ft or 117m.
On approach to runway 26 you have much more space for your final approach, but must also use caution not to sink below the glideslope, as there are train tracks a short distance from the runway. The train tracks have electric overhead lines and posts for the electric powered trains to run on. So be careful!
So why is the airport also known as the airport of the rich & famous in Germany?
Location is what counts! EDFE’s position in the center of Europe makes it attractive to many of the rich & famous who want to avoid the time and hassle of going through a huge international airport as Frankfurt International. A 30 minute drive from downtown Frankfurt makes it the key target airfield for powerful business people to reach the financial capitol of Europe (Frankfurt) quickly and easily. Settled in the center of the large metropolitan area called “Rhein-Main”, it is also a great place for celebrities, such as bands, artists and other influential personalities & politicians to reach a large range of venues in the surrounding major cities, such as Heidelberg, Mannheim, Mainz, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Hanau and many more.
Low landing fees, fast customs processing in the small terminal, free parking, meeting centers, an exclusive restaurant and conference venues right on sight make it even more attractive to a wide range of people.
Netjets, Private Jets & Warren Buffet, too!
In March 2009 Netjets purchased shares in the airport in through Warren Buffet’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway. Netjets also created their european hub at Frankfurt-Egelsbach airport. In result the airport got much more attention from travelers who can afford the private business jet sector and therefore thee airport received a growth in air traffic. Netjets sold their shares at the end of 2019 to a real estate company and airport management firm. Other shares are held by local communities and a regional energy provider.
Many types of aircraft can land on the 1400m (4593 ft)
Many types of aircraft can be seen at EDFE, such as single prop aircraft (i.E. Cessna 172, Cessna 208, Piper (all sorts), Diamond, Beechcraft single props, private twin & turbo props such as Diamond DA-42, Beech Barons, King Air, but also business jets such as Cessna Longitude, Bombardier Global, Embraer Phenoms, and even smaller passenger planes, such as the Dornier 328, which can transport 30-40 passengers. The aiport has a weight limit for aircraft up to 20 tones.
Home to Aircraft Charter Companies, Flight Training Schools and Technology Businesses related to the Aero Industry AOPA – Germany’s largest Aircraft Owner & Pilot Association is seated right at the Egelsbach airport. There are more than 30 aero related companies located on the airfield. You can have your aircraft maintenanced by the aerospace company Roeder Presision, which is located right by the apron.
FlyingD FRANKFURT-EGELSBACH (EDFE) – The Airport of the Rich & Famous – Is only for use in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
More information & charts for EDFE can be found here:
Egelsbach Airport Web site
Useful Video for the landing procedure (German)
Visual Approach Chart:
Please unzip the content of the downloaded zip file into the Microsoft Flight Simulator Community folder.
The Community folder is usually located here:
For the Windows Store install:
C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\ Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\
For the Steam install:
C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\
Important: Windows 10 by default hides the “AppData” folder, so you will have to go to “View” in the menu of File Explorer, and select “Hid-den items” so as to see it.
For the Custom install:
If you happened to use a custom location for your Flight Simulator installation, then proceed there.
For Example: F:\Flight Simulator\Community\
After extracting the zip file into your community folder there should be a folder called “flyingd-edfe-egelsbach”. Now you can start up MSFS 2020 and enjoy the scenery!
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