Rapcon South

Position Information

ATC CallsignRapcon South
FRA RequirementAS3/ADC
Airspace classB/E (TMA-D) and C (EHEH TMA's)

Area of Responsibility

Rapcon south is responsible for arriving and departing traffic which pass through the TMA D below FL095 and EHEH TMA's. When Volkel and/or Eindhoven tower is offline, Rapcon will take over those responsibilities as well.

General Procedures


The main responsibility for Approach is to separate inbound and outbound IFR from each other and depending on the airspace classification separate IFR from VFR or inform IFR and VFR about each other. For approach separation should be at least 3nm or 1000ft.

Delaying traffic

Inbound IFR traffic can be delayed in three ways;

  1. Holdings - Ideally use published holdings, for non published holdings the inbound leg and turn direction have to be issued, one holding should take 4 minutes

  2. Vectors - For steering behind a preceding aircraft or to delay by having the aircraft fly more miles

  3. Speed control - Most useful to create little amounts of additional separation or to maintain separation, this should not be used to generate a lot of separation

Arriving traffic

Arrivals shall either by flying a full procedural approach or by vectors be guided to a point from where to intercept the instrument approach or a point from where to fly a visual approach. When vectoring for an instrument approach traffic should be on a 30* intercept angle when cleared for the approach, a maximal angle of 45* is allowed if required but shall not be made standard.

Before being cleared for the approach the traffic shall be:

  • ILS: below the glideslope

  • NDB/VOR: at or descending to the published descend profile altitude in such way this altitude is reached in time.

  • ILS/NDB/VOR: On an intercept angle of ideally 30 and maximum 45 degrees.

Once traffic reports either established on the ILS, localizer, inbound course or inbound radial traffic shall be transferred to tower.

Departing traffic

Departing traffic shall at soon as practicable be cleared to climb, without coordination approach shall not clear aircraft above the highest level of is TMA. Approach may clear traffic to leave his SID for safety however the traffic should be put back on the SID before the transfer to ACC, if coordinated with ATC traffic may deviate from the SID direct to a waypoint.

Local Procedures


Rapcon is responsible for the following airspace:

  • TMA D: 1500ft-FL095 Class E

  • EHEH TMA 1: 1500ft-FL065 Class C

  • EHEH TMA 2: 3500ft-FL065 Class C

  • EHEH TMA 3: 3500ft-FL065 Class C

  • EHEH TMA 4: FL055-FL065 Class C


Traffic on the following SID's shall be transferred at or climbing to either FL070 (to INKET or PESER) or FL090 (traffic to an EH ATC station) or regarding the LOA's (traffic to a non EH ATC station). If the requested cruise level is lower, then on or climbing to cruise level. free of conflict in order of writing:

    Rotterdam Approach (EHRD_APP) or Amsterdam Radar (EHAA_SW_CTR or EHAA_CTR) or UNICOM

    Amsterdam Radar (EHAA_NE_CTR, EHAA_CTR) or UNICOM


    Langen Radar (see LOA) or UNICOM

    Brussels Control (see LOA)

  • LNO or OSGOS
    -FL above 095
    Brussels radar (see LOA) or UNICOM
    -FL below 095
    Beek Approach (EHBK_APP) or Amsterdam Radar (EHAA_SW_CTR, EHAA_CTR) or UNICOM

R/T Examples

Pilot ATC

Departure from Eindhoven:

Rapcon South, TRA779, passing 1800ft, Woody 3J Departure

TRA779, identified passing 2000ft, climb FL 090

Climb FL 090, TRA779

TRA779, Contact Amsterdam Radar on 125.750

125.750, TRA779

Arrival for Eindhoven:

Rapcon South, PHABC, information Y, 5NM to Inekt, at FL 050

PHABC, information Z, after Inket direct EHN vectors for ILS Runway 21

After Inket direct EHN, vectors ILS Runway 21, PHABC

PBC, descend to 2000ft and turn left heading 100, QNH 1015

descend to 2000ft left turn heading 100, QNH 1015, PBC

PBC, turn right heading 180, cleared ILS approach runway 21

Turn right heading 180, cleared ILS approach runway 21, PBC

PBC, established ILS runway 21

PBC,  contact Eindhoven tower on 131.005

131.005, PBC