GEN 3   Services

GEN 3.1  Aeronautical information services

1.   Responsible service

1.1  The aeronautical information services (AIS) are provided by ALBCONTROL, Air Navigation Services of Albania.
1.2  The AIS Department consists of AIS Headquarters, Publications Unit, International NOTAM Office (INO), and Tirana ATS Reporting Office (ARO).
1.2.1   AIS Headquarters - Monday to Friday (0900-1700 LT)
Post:

ALBCONTROL Air Navigation Services of Albania Aeronautical Information Service P.O. Box 8172 Rinas, Tirana Albania

Tel:+355 4 2343487

Fax:+355 4 2343487

Email:ais@albcontrol.al

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URL:www.albcontrol.al

1.2.2   Publications Unit - Monday to Friday (0900-1700 LT)
Post:

ALBCONTROL
Air Navigation Services of Albania
Aeronautical Information Service
Publications Unit
P.O. Box 8172
Rinas, Tirana
Albania

Tel:+355 42343487

Fax:+355 42343487

Email:ais@albcontrol.al

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URL:www.albcontrol.al

1.2.3   International NOTAM Office (INO) - Daily H24
Post:

ALBCONTROL
Air Navigation Services of Albania
Aeronautical Information Service
International NOTAM Office
P.O. Box 8172
Rinas, Tirana
Albania

Tel:+355 4 2343487

Fax:+355 4 2343487

Email:ino@albcontrol.al

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URL:www.albcontrol.al

1.2.4   Tirana ATS Reporting Office (ARO) - Daily H24
Post:

ALBCONTROL
Air Navigation Services of Albania
Aeronautical Information Service
Tirana ATS Reporting Office
P.O. Box 8172
Rinas, Tirana
Albania

Tel:+355 4 2377722

Fax:+355 4 2377722

Email:aro@albcontrol.al

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URL:www.albcontrol.al

1.3  The aeronautical information services are provided in accordance with the provisions contained in ICAO Annex 15 - Aeronautical Information Services.

2.   Area of responsibility

2.1  The Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) is responsible for the provision of aeronautical data and aeronautical information necessary for the safety, regularity and efficiency of air navigation within the Tirana FIR.

3.   Aeronautical publications

3.1   Integrated Aeronautical Information Package
3.1.1  The aeronautical data and aeronautical information are provided in the form of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package which consists of the following elements:
  1. Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP);
  2. Amendment service to the AIP (AIP AMDT);
  3. Supplements to the AIP (AIP SUP);
  4. NOTAM and Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB);
  5. Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC); and
  6. Checklists and lists of valid NOTAM.
3.1.2  NOTAM and the related monthly checklists are issued via the European AIS Database (EAD) with originator EUECYIYN, while PIB are made available at Tirana aerodrome ATS Reporting Office. All other elements of the package are distributed by air mail.
3.2   Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
3.2.1  AIP is intended primarily to satisfy international requirements for the exchange of aeronautical information of a lasting character essential to air navigation. It constitutes the basic information source for the permanent information and long duration temporary changes.
3.2.2  The AIP Albania is published in English language for use in international and domestic operations, whether the flight is a commercial or a private one. It is issued in one volume and each page in a loose-leaf form.
3.2.3  Each AIP page is dated. The date, consisting of the day, month (by name) and year, is the publication date/or the effective date of the information.
3.2.4  The AIP Albania is amended or reissued at such regular intervals as may be necessary to keep it up to date. Recourse to hand amendments or annotations are kept to the minimum. The normal method of amendment is by means of replacement sheets.
3.2.5  Changes to the contents of the AIP can only be accepted from approved data providers, using the AIP change submission process.
3.2.6  The AIP Albania is available in both paper and electronic format (CD-ROM). The AIP Albania is also available from the European AIS Database (EAD) website at: www.ead.eurocontrol.int.
3.3   Amendment service to the AIP (AIPAMDT and AIRACAIPAMDT)
3.3.1  Permanent changes to the AIP are published as AIP Amendments. Amendments to the AIP are made by means of replacement sheets. Two types of AIP Amendments are produced:
  1. Non-AIRAC AIP Amendment (AIP AMDT), issued on each of the AIRAC effective dates and identified by a light blue cover sheet, incorporates permanent changes into the AIP on the indicated publication date; and
  2. AIRAC AIP Amendment (AIRAC AIP AMDT), issued in accordance with AIRAC procedures and clearly identified by a pink cover sheet and the acronym - AIRAC, incorporates operationally significant permanent changes to the AIP on the indicated AIRAC effective date.
3.3.2  All changes to the AIP, or new information on each republished page are identified by a vertical line in the left margin (or immediately to the left) of the change/addition.
3.3.3  Each AIP Amendment is allocated a serial number which is consecutive and based on the calendar year. The year, indicated by two digits, is a part of the serial number of the amendment, e.g. AMDT 001/16; AIRAC AMDT 002/16.
3.3.4  Each AIP Amendment page, including the cover sheet, is dated to display the publication date.
3.3.5  Each AIRAC AIP Amendment page, including the cover sheet, is dated to display the effective date.
3.3.6  When an AIP Amendment is issued, it includes references to the serial number of those elements, if any, of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package which have been incorporated into the amendment.
3.3.7  A brief indication of the subjects affected by the amendment is given on the AIP Amendment cover sheet.
3.3.8  When an AIRAC AIP Amendment is not published at the publication date, a NIL notification is originated and distributed by Trigger NOTAM not later than one AIRAC cycle before the effective date.
3.3.9  When an AIP Amendment is not published at the established interval or publication date, a NIL notification is originated and distributed by the monthly plain-language list of valid NOTAM.
3.3.10  A checklist of AIP pages, relating page reference to date, is reissued with each amendment as AIP section GEN 0.4. The page number/chart title and date of the checklist is appeared on the checklist itself containing page number and the publication or effective date (day, month by name and year) of the information.
3.4   Supplements to the AIP (AIP SUP)
3.4.1  Temporary changes of long duration (three months or longer) and information of short duration which contains extensive text and/or graphics, are published as AIP Supplements (AIP SUP).
3.4.2  Operationally significant temporary changes to the AIP are published in accordance with AIRAC procedures and are clearly identified by the acronym - AIRAC SUP.
3.4.3  AIP Supplements are available in both paper format (coloured yellow) and in electronic format (CD-ROM).
3.4.4  AIP Supplements pages are kept as the first item in the AIP parts.
3.4.5  Each AIP Supplement is allocated a serial number which is consecutive and based on the calendar year, e.g. SUP 001/16; AIRAC SUP 001/16.
3.4.6  AIP Supplement pages are kept in the AIP as long as all or some of their contents remain valid.
3.4.7  When an error occurs in an AIP Supplement or when the period of validity of an AIP Supplement is changed, a new AIP Supplement is published as a replacement.

Note: The requirements for NOTAM apply when time constraints do not allow sufficient time for the distribution of an AIP Supplement.

3.4.8  When an AIP Supplement is sent in replacement of a NOTAM, it includes a reference to the serial number of the NOTAM.
3.4.9  A checklist of valid AIP Supplements is issued through the medium of the monthly plain-language list of valid NOTAM.
3.5   NOTAM and Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB)
3.5.1  A NOTAM is originated and issued promptly whenever the information to be distributed is of a temporary nature and of short duration or when operationally significant permanent changes, or temporary changes of long duration are made at short notice, except for extensive text and/or graphics.
3.5.2  NOTAM contain information concerning the establishment, condition or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential for personnel concerned with flight operations.
3.5.3  At least seven days’ advance notice is given of the activation of established danger, restricted or prohibited areas and of activities requiring temporary airspace restrictions other than for emergency operations.
3.5.4  Notice of any subsequent cancellation of the activities or any reduction of the hours of activity or the dimensions of the airspace should be given as soon as possible.
3.5.5  NOTAM notifying unserviceability of aids to air navigation, facilities or communication services give an estimate of the period of the unserviceability or the time at which restoration of service is expected.
3.5.6  When an AIP Amendment or an AIP Supplement is published in accordance with AIRAC procedures, a Trigger NOTAM is originated giving a brief description of the contents, the effective date and time, and the reference number of the amendment or supplement. This NOTAM comes into force on the same effective date and time as the amendment or supplement and remains valid in the pre-flight information bulletin for a period of fourteen days.
3.5.7  Each NOTAM contains the information in the order shown in the NOTAM Format in ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 6.
3.5.8  When NOTAM is selected for international distribution, English text is included for those parts expressed in plain language.

Note: The ICAO NOTAM Code together with significations/uniform abbreviated phraseology, and ICAO Abbreviations are those contained in the PANS-ABC (Doc 8400).

3.5.9  Text of NOTAM is composed of the significations/uniform abbreviated phraseology assigned to the ICAO NOTAM Code complemented by ICAO abbreviations, indicators, identifiers, designators, call signs, frequencies, figures and plain language.
3.5.10  A series identified by a letter and a four-digit number followed by a stroke and a two-digit number for the year is allocated to each NOTAM. The four-digit number shall be consecutive and based on the calendar year, e.g. A0014/16.
3.5.11  NOTAM are distributed in two series separately identified by the letters A and C.

Series A: containing information on general rules, en-route navigation and communication facilities, airspace restrictions and activities and information on international aerodromes in Albania. NOTAM series A are designated for international distribution.

Series C: containing information on national aerodromes. NOTAM series C are designated for national distribution.

3.5.12  When errors occur in a NOTAM, a NOTAM with a new number to replace the erroneous NOTAM is issued or the erroneous NOTAM is cancelled and a new NOTAM issued.
3.5.13  When a NOTAM is issued which cancels or replaces a previous NOTAM, the series and number of the previous NOTAM are indicated. The series, location indicator and subject of both NOTAM are the same. Only one NOTAM is canceled or replaced by a NOTAM.
3.5.14  Each NOTAM deals with only one subject and one condition of the subject.

Note: Guidance concerning the combination of a subject and a condition of the subject in accordance with the NOTAM Selection Criteria is contained in the Aeronautical Information Services Manual (Doc 8126).

3.5.15  Each NOTAM is as brief as possible and so compiled that its meaning is clear without the need to refer to another document.
3.5.16  Each NOTAM is transmitted as a single telecommunication message.
3.5.17  A NOTAM containing permanent or temporary information of long duration carries appropriate AIP or AIP SUP references.
3.5.18  Location indicators included in the text of NOTAM are those contained in Location Indicators (Doc 7910). In no case a curtailed form of such indicators is used.
3.5.19  Arrangements for the international exchange of NOTAM are made between the International NOTAM Offices concerned.
3.5.20  NOTAM are prepared in conformity with the relevant provisions of the ICAO communication procedures.
3.5.21  NOTAM are distributed on the basis of a request.
3.5.22  In addition to the distribution to individual States, all NOTAM originated worldwide are also addressed to the European AIS Database (EAD) using the AFTN address EUECYIYN as destination address.
3.5.23  The EAD ensures distribution of NOTAM to all relevant NOTAM Offices (NOF) within its area of responsibility (EAD Clients).
3.5.24  NOTAM originated by EAD Clients are channelled through the EAD system and therefore indicate the EAD AFTN origination address.
3.5.25  A predetermined distribution system for NOTAM transmitted on the AFTN is used whenever possible.
3.5.26  A recapitulation of valid NOTAM of operational significance and other information of urgent character are made available to flight crews in the form of plain-language pre-flight information bulletins (PIB).
3.6   Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)
3.6.1  An AIC is originated whenever it is necessary to promulgate aeronautical data and aeronautical information which does not qualify for inclusion in the AIP or for the origination of NOTAM.
3.6.2  AIC are originated to promulgate:
  1. A long-term forecast of any major change in legislation, regulations, procedures or facilities;
  2. Information of a purely explanatory or advisory nature liable to affect flight safety;
  3. Information or notification of an explanatory or advisory nature concerning technical, legislative or purely administrative matters.
3.6.3  AIC are available in both paper and electronic form (CD-ROM).
3.6.4  AIC are divided by subject and are issued in two series identified by letters A and B.

AIC Series A: containing information affecting international civil aviation and is given international distribution.

AIC Series B: containing information affecting national civil aviation only and is given national distribution.

3.6.5  Each AIC is allocated a serial number which is consecutive and based on the calendar year. The year, indicated by two digits, is a part of the serial number of the AIC, e.g. AIC A 001/16; AIC B 001/16.
3.6.6  AIC selected for international distribution have the same distribution as for the AIP.
3.6.7  A checklist of AIC currently in force is issued at least once a year, with distribution as for the AIC.
3.7   Checklists and lists of valid NOTAM
3.7.1  A checklist of valid NOTAM is issued as a NOTAM over the AFTN at the first day of each month using the NOTAM Format specified in ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 6. One NOTAM is issued for each series.

Note: Omitting a NOTAM from the checklist does not serve to cancel a NOTAM.

3.7.2  A checklist of NOTAM refers to the latest AIP Amendments, AIP Supplements and at least the internationally distributed AIC.
3.7.3  Checklists of NOTAM have the same distribution as the actual message series to which they refer and are clearly identified as checklists.
3.7.4  A monthly plain-language list of valid NOTAM, including indicators of the latest AIP Amendments, AIC issued and a checklist of AIP Supplements, is prepared with a minimum of delay and forwarded by the most expeditious means to recipients of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package based on a request.
3.8   Sale of publications
3.8.1  AIS publications are available in both paper and electronic format. All purchase requests and enquires regarding the sale of AIS publications should be addressed to:
Post:

ALBCONTROL Air Navigation Services of Albania Aeronautical Information Service P.O. Box 8172 Rinas, Tirana Albania

Tel:+355 4 2343487

Fax:+355 4 2343487

Email:ais@albcontrol.al

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URL:www.albcontrol.al

3.8.2  Details and prices of AIS publications are published in an AIC.

4.   AIRAC system

4.1   General
4.1.1  Information concerning the circumstances listed in ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 4, Part 1, is distributed under the regulated system (AIRAC), i.e. basing establishment, withdrawal or significant changes upon a series of common effective dates at intervals of 28 days. The information notified therein shall not be changed further for at least another 28 days after the effective date, unless the circumstance notified is of a temporary nature and would not persist for the full period.

Note: Guidance material on the procedures applicable to the AIRAC system is contained in the Aeronautical Information Services Manual (Doc 8126).

4.1.2  The regulated system (AIRAC) is also used for the provision of information relating to the establishment and withdrawal of, and premeditated significant changes in, the circumstances listed in ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 4, Part 2.
4.1.3  When information has not been submitted by the AIRAC date, a NIL notification is originated and distributed by NOTAM or other suitable means, not later than one cycle before the AIRAC effective date concerned.
4.1.4  Implementation dates other than AIRAC effective dates shall not be used for pre-planned operationally significant changes requiring cartographic work and/or for updating of navigation databases.
4.1.5  The use of the date in the AIRAC cycle which occurs between 21 December and 17 January inclusive should be avoided as an effective date for the introduction of significant changes under the AIRAC system.
4.2   Provision of information in paper copy form
4.2.1  Information provided under the AIRAC system in paper copy form are distributed by the Publications Unit at least 42 days in advance of the effective date with the objective of reaching recipients at least 28 days in advance of the effective date.
4.2.2  When major changes are planned and where advance notice is desirable and practicable, information provided in paper copy form is distributed at least 56 days in advance of the effective date. This is applied to the establishment of, and premeditated major changes in, the circumstances listed in ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 4, Part 3, and other major changes if deemed necessary.

Note: Guidance on what constitutes a major change is included in ICAO Doc 8126.

4.3   Provision of information as electronic media
4.3.1  When updating aeronautical database contents concerning the circumstances listed in ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 4, Part 1, Publications Unit ensures that the effective dates of data coincide with the established AIRAC effective dates.
4.3.2  Information provided as electronic media, concerning the circumstances listed in Appendix 4, Part 1, is distributed/made available by the Publications Unit so as to reach recipients at least 28 days in advance of the AIRAC effective date.
4.3.3  Whenever major changes are planned and where advance notice is desirable and practicable, information provided as electronic media are distributed/made available at least 56 days in advance of the effective date. This is applied to the establishment of, and premeditated major changes in, the circumstances listed in ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 4, Part 3, and other major changes if deemed necessary.
4.4   Schedule of AIRAC effective dates:

2017

2018

2019

2020

05 JAN

04 JAN

03 JAN

02 JAN

02 FEB

01 FEB

31 JAN

30 JAN

02 MAR

01 MAR

28 FEB

27 FEB

30 MAR

29 MAR

28 MAR

26 MAR

27 APR

26 APR

25 APR

23 APR

25 MAY

24 MAY

23 MAY

21 MAY

22 JUN

21 JUN

20 JUN

18 JUN

20 JUL

19 JUL

18 JUL

16 JUL

17 AUG

16 AUG

15 AUG

13 AUG

14 SEP

13 SEP

12 SEP

10 SEP

12 OCT

11 OCT

10 OCT

08 OCT

09 NOV

08 NOV

07 NOV

05 NOV

07 DEC

06 DEC

05 DEC

03 DEC

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31 DEC

5.   Pre-flight information service at aerodromes/heliports

5.1  At any aerodrome normally used for international air operations, aeronautical information essential for the safety, regularity and efficiency of air navigation and relative to the route stages originating at the aerodrome is made available to flight operations personnel, including flight crews and services responsible for pre-flight information.
5.2  Aeronautical information provided for pre-flight planning purposes at Tirana ATS Reporting Office includes relevant:
  1. elements of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package;
  2. maps and charts.
5.3  Daily PIB are provided in the form of aerodrome and route type bulletins.
5.4  Reports on the state and operation of air navigation facilities or services provided by ALBCONTROL, should be addressed to:
Post:

ALBCONTROL Air Navigation Services of Albania ATS Department P.O. Box 8172 Rinas, Tirana Albania

Tel:+ 355 4 4522371

Fax:+ 355 4 2343487

Email:ats@albcontrol.al

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URL:www.albcontrol.al

5.5  Post-flight information, which may include complaints concerning facilities or procedures, is welcome at Tirana ATS Reporting Office. Flight crews are required to complete a Post-Flight Report.

6.   Electronic terrain and obstacle data

6.1   Electronic terrain data
6.1.1  A DEM is available for Area 1. The required metadata are not available. The DEM can be provided in DTED files.
6.1.2  DTM data are available for Area 2 (Tirana TMA) and Area 3 (LATI AD). The raw data are available in ASCII XYZ format. Metadata are available in a separate XML file generated by using the example of TICM model.
6.1.3  The DTM can be provided in ASCII Grid format or DTED files.
6.2   Electronic obstacle data
6.2.1  The obstacle data published in ENR 5.4 are provided only for obstacles within Tirana TMA higher than 100 m above ground. The obstacle data for the rest of Area 1 are not available.
6.2.2  The obstacle data published in LATI AD 2.10 are provided for the entire Area 2 and 3. The raw data are available in ASCII file. Metadata are available in the same file.
6.2.3  The obstacle list can be provided in ASCII or AIXM 4.5 format.
6.3   Availability of electronic terrain and obstacle data
6.3.1  Actually, the electronic terrain and obstacle data are provided to external parties contracted by ALBCONTROL for instrument flight procedure designing, charting and minimum safety altitude warning purposes.
6.3.2  All enquiries regarding the availability of electronic terrain and obstacle data should be addressed to:
Post:

ALBCONTROL Air Navigation Services of Albania ATS Department P.O. Box 8172 Rinas, Tirana Albania

Tel:+ 355 4 4522371

Fax:+ 355 4 2343487

Email:ats@albcontrol.al

AFS:LAAAYAYX

URL:www.albcontrol.al