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First in Europe: TUV NORD CERT is the First Recognised Organisation in Europe for Certification of Air Navigation Service Providers

BERLIN and ESSEN, Germany

Today (Wednesday, May 17) at the ILA, TUV NORD CERT received the

accreditation for the certification of air navigation service providers from

the Federal Ministry for Traffic, Construction and Urban Development.

State secretary Dr. Engelbert L├╝tke Daldrup, a representative of the

Federal Ministry, handed Volker Klosowski the accreditation certificate; Mr.

Klosowski is a board member of the TUV NORD Group and is responsible for

certification and international affairs. TUV NORD CERT is the first company

in Europe holding an accreditation of this kind. It will enable TUV NORD CERT

to certify air navigation service providers throughout Europe, according to

the regulation for air navigation service providers (EG Nr. 550/2004).

TUV NORD CERT will be allowed to certify all organisations involved in

air navigation service provision. These services include: air controllers,

meteorological services, briefing services as well as communication and

support services.

"We are very proud that we were able to prove our capabilities to the

Federal Ministry,", said Volker Klosowski and added further: "We are

especially pleased that we are the first to provide this service in Europe."

TUV NORD CERT (www.tuev-nord-cert.de) is the accreditation authority

leading an international consortium with the AFI Flight Inspection

(www.afi.aero), the Aviation Institute of the Braunschweig Technical

University (www.tu-braunschweig.de/iff), OECON Association of Engineers for

Industry Consulting and Project Management (www.oecon-line.de) and NLR Het

Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (www.nlr.nl) as the other

members.

About the TUV NORD Group

"We make the world a safer place": The TUV NORD Group (www.tuev-nord.de)

is one of the leading technical service providers in Germany and Northern

Europe with more than 6,600 employees, of whom more than 5,000 have a

technical/scientific educational background. In addition, the group is also

represented in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas with

their own team of representatives and associations. The leading market

position of the group is based on its technical competency and a broad array

of consultation and test services in the areas of academia, energy and system

technology, international, mobility, systems and certification services.

Media contact:

TUV NORD Group Communication Services

Jochen May,

phone: +49-511-986-1421,

fax: -28991421

E-mail: presse@tuev-nord.de

Website: www.tuev-nord.de/presse