The BFU is a higher federal authority in the area of responsibility of the BMDV. It has existed since September 1st 1998 and employs around 38 people.
The Director is in charge of the BFU. The press and public relations and legal departments are organizationally assigned to him.
The BFU consists of 4 departments:
In addition to the investigators from the BFU, there are officers who work for the federal agency in individual cases and carry out on-site investigations in the event of accidents involving general aviation.