Oberpfaffenhofen is a village in the municipality Weßling in the district of Starnberg, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany.

Facts & Figures

In the district of Oberpfaffenhofen, a private airfield located (see also airfield Oberpfaffenhofen ), which was built in 1936 and operated until 2000 by the Dornier -Werke as a working airport. He is now owned by the Airbus Group and is an operating company ( EDMO - flight operations GmbH) managed. There is a special airport at coordinates 48 ° 4 ' 53 "N, 11 ° 16' 59" O48.08133333333311.283 with the flight instruction " residential avoid ".

To view this airfield are grouped a number of commercial areas and research institutions, including the German Centre for Aerospace (DLR ) with the space control, which uses a research flight operations the connection to the special airport. Several research aircraft, from a single-engine Cessna 208 on the twin-engine turboprops of the type Do 228 up to a twin-engine jet (Falcon 20E ) fly from here mainly worldwide on behalf of remote sensing and climate research. Client or party, in this case normally come from the research institutes of the site Oberpfaffenhofen (eg Institute for High Frequency Technology and Radar Systems, Institute of Atmospheric Physics ), and many German and European universities and research institutions.

The research institutes of the DLR site in Oberpfaffenhofen employ over 1,600 of whom are scientists.

Predecessor of this research facility was the aeronautical research institute Oberpfaffenhofen (FFO ), which was founded in 1937 by Dr. Max Dieckmann.

One of the two main control centers of the satellite navigation system Galileo, the ESA is located on the grounds of the DLR.

Moreover, the RUAG is there home as the successor company of the military and civilian service area of the former Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH.


The separate municipality until 1975, Oberpfaffenhofen in 1976 in the course of municipal reform by annexation to a district of Wessling. Last acting mayor ( honorary) from 1960 to 1975 was the farmer Alfons good weather (* 1912, † 1995).

The parish of Oberpfaffenhofen had 1278 inhabitants on the state of the census of 25 May 1987. Previous to community Oberpfaffenhofen belonged with 45 inhabitants and the village Weichselbaum.