GEN 3   Services

GEN 3.1  Aeronautical information services

1.   Responsible service

1.1  The Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) in Albania is provided by ALBCONTROL, Air Navigation Services of Albania.
1.2  The AIS consists of AIS Headquarters, Publications Office, 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

AFS:LAAAYNYX

URL:www.ais.albcontrol.al

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

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

Tel:+355 42343487

Fax:+355 42343487

Email:ais@albcontrol.al

AFS:LAAAYNYX

URL:www.ais.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

AFS:LAAAYNYX

URL:www.ais.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

AFS:LATIZPZX

URL:www.ais.albcontrol.al

1.3  The Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) is 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   General
3.1.1  Aeronautical information is provided in the form of aeronautical information products and associated services.
3.1.2  Aeronautical information provided in a standardized presentation include the aeronautical information publication (AIP), AIP Amendments, AIP Supplements, AIC, NOTAM and aeronautical charts.
3.1.3  The AIP, AIP Amendment, AIP Supplement and AIC are provided on paper and/or as an electronic document.
3.1.4  The AIP, AIP Amendment, AIP Supplement and AIC provided as an electronic document (eAIP) allow for both displaying on electronic devices and printing on paper.
3.2   Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
3.2.1  General
3.2.1.1  The 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 permanent information and long duration temporary changes.
3.2.1.2  The AIP is published in English language for use in international and domestic operations, whether the flight is a commercial or a private one.
3.2.1.3  The AIP is self-contained and includes a table of contents.
3.2.1.4  The AIP is organized in three parts (GEN, ENR and AD), sections and subsections.
3.2.1.5  The AIP is dated. The date, consisting of the day, month (by name) and year, are the publication date or the effective date (AIRAC) of the information.
3.2.1.6  Charts, maps or diagrams are used to complement or as a substitute for the tabulations or text of AIP.
3.2.2  AIP Amendments
3.2.2.1  Operationally significant changes to the AIP are published in accordance with Aeronautical Information Regulation and Control (AIRAC) procedures and are clearly identified by the acronym AIRAC.
3.2.2.2  New or revised information contained in the AIP is identified.
3.2.2.3  Each AIP Amendment is allocated a serial number, which is consecutive.
3.2.2.4  Each AIP Amendment contains a publication date.
3.2.2.5  Each AIRAC AIP Amendment contains an effective date.
3.2.2.6  When an AIP Amendment is issued, it includes references to the serial number of the AIP Supplement or the series and number of the NOTAM which has been incorporated into the amendment.
3.2.2.7  A brief indication of the subjects affected by the amendment is given on the AIP Amendment cover sheet.
3.2.2.8  Each amendment includes a checklist giving the current date of each loose-leaf page in the AIP, and provides a recapitulation of any outstanding manuscript corrections. The checklist carries both the page number and date.
3.2.3  AIP Supplements
3.2.3.1  Each AIP Supplement is allocated a serial number which is consecutive and based on the calendar year.
3.2.3.2  Each AIP Supplement is provided on distinctive pages allowing for easy identification from the regular AIP content.
3.2.3.3  Whenever an AIP Supplement is issued as a replacement of a NOTAM, a reference to the series and number of the NOTAM is included.
3.2.3.4  A checklist of valid AIP Supplements is issued at intervals of not more than one month as part of the checklist of NOTAM and with distribution as for the AIP Supplements.
3.2.3.5  Each AIP Supplement page shows a publication date.
3.2.3.6  Each AIRAC AIP Supplement page shows a publication date and an effective date.
3.3   Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)
3.3.1  An AIC is used to provide:
  1. a long-term forecast of any major change in legislation, regulations, procedures or facilities; or
  2. information of a purely explanatory or advisory nature liable to affect flight safety; or
  3. information or notification of an explanatory or advisory nature concerning technical, legislative or purely administrative matters.
3.3.2  An AIC is not used for information that qualifies for inclusion in AIP and NOTAM.
3.3.3  The validity of AIC currently in force is reviewed at least once a year.
3.3.4  AIC series A are selected for international distribution.
3.3.5  AIC selected for international distribution have the same distribution as for the AIP.
3.3.6  Each AIC is allocated a serial number which is consecutive and based on the calendar year.
3.3.7  A checklist of AIC currently in force is issued at least once a year, with distribution as for the AIC.
3.3.8  A checklist of AIC provided internationally is included in the NOTAM checklist.
3.4   Printed products
3.4.1  Printed AIP
3.4.1.1  The printed volume AIP is published in loose-leaf form unless the complete publication is reissued at frequent intervals.
3.4.1.2  The normal method of amendment of the printed volume AIP is by means of replacement sheets.
3.4.1.3  New or revised information is identified by a thick black vertical line against it in the margin.
3.4.1.4  Each AIP Amendment page, including the cover sheet, contains a publication date and, when applicable, an effective date.
3.4.1.5  A checklist giving the current date of each page in the AIP is reissued frequently to assist the user in maintaining a current publication.
3.4.1.6  Maps and charts included in the AIP are paginated in the same manner as other material.
3.4.1.7  AIP Supplement pages are coloured in order to be conspicuous, preferably in yellow.
3.4.1.8  AIP Supplement pages are kept as the first item in the AIP parts.
3.4.1.9  AIP Supplement pages are kept in the AIP as long as all or some of their contents remain valid.
3.4.2  Printed AIC
3.4.2.1  Differentiation and identification of AIC topics according to subjects using colour coding are practised where the numbers of AIC in force are sufficient to make identification in this form necessary, e.g.:
  1. white — administrative;
  2. yellow — air traffic control (ATC);
  3. pink — safety;
  4. mauve — danger area map; and
  5. green — maps/charts.
3.5   Electronic AIP
3.5.1  The information content of the eAIP and the structure of chapters, sections and subsections follow the content and structure of the paper AIP. The eAIP includes files that allow for printing a paper AIP.
3.5.2  New or revised information is identified either by an annotation against it in the margin or by a mechanism that allows comparing the new/revised information with the previous information.
3.5.3  The eAIP is available on a physical distribution medium (CD, DVD, etc.) and/or online on the Internet.
3.5.4  The eAIC is provided as part of the eAIP package. It includes files that allow for printing a paper AIC.
3.6   NOTAM
3.6.1  General
3.6.1.1  Each NOTAM contains the information in the order shown in the NOTAM Format in ICAO Doc 10066, Appendix 3.
3.6.1.2  NOTAM text 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.
3.6.1.3  All NOTAM are issued in the English language.
3.6.1.4  Information concerning snow, slush, ice and standing water on aerodrome/heliport pavements are reported by means of a NOTAM.
3.6.1.5  Information concerning an operationally significant change in volcanic activity, volcanic eruption and/or volcanic ash cloud are reported by means of a NOTAM.
3.6.1.6  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.
3.6.1.7  When a NOTAM is issued which cancels or replaces a previous NOTAM, the series and number of the previous NOTAM are indicated.
3.6.1.7.1  The series, location indicator and subject of both NOTAM are the same.
3.6.1.8  Only one NOTAM is cancelled or replaced by a NOTAM.
3.6.1.9  Each NOTAM deals with only one subject and one condition of the subject.
3.6.1.10  Each NOTAM is transmitted as a single telecommunication message.
3.6.1.11  A NOTAM containing permanent information or temporary information of long duration carries appropriate AIP or AIP Supplement references.
3.6.1.12  Location indicators included in the text of a NOTAM are those contained in Location Indicators (Doc 7910).
3.6.2  NOTAM number and series allocation
3.6.2.1  NOTAM for Tirana FIR and aerodromes allowing international air traffic are issued in international NOTAM series identified by the letter A and a four-digit number followed by a stroke and a two-digit number for the year. The four-digit number is consecutive and based on the calendar year.
3.6.2.2  Letters S and T are not used to identify a NOTAM series.
3.6.3  NOTAM checklist
3.6.3.1  A checklist of valid NOTAM is issued as a NOTAM checklist at intervals of not more than one month.

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

3.6.3.2  A NOTAM checklist refers to the latest AIP Amendments, AIP Supplements and at least the internationally distributed AIC, and, when it is selected, includes the checklist of AIP Supplements.
3.6.3.3  A NOTAM checklist has the same distribution as the actual message series to which it refers and is clearly identified as a checklist.
3.7   Distribution of aeronautical publications
3.7.1  General
3.7.1.1  Aeronautical publications are distributed to authorized users who request them.
3.7.1.2  AIP, AIP Amendments, AIP Supplements and AIC are made available by the most expeditious means either through the postal services or via the AIS website at: www.ais.albcontrol.al
3.7.1.3  The AIP is also available via the European AIS Database (EAD) website at: www.ead.eurocontrol.int
3.7.1.4  Internet is, whenever practicable, employed for the provision of aeronautical information products.
3.7.2  NOTAM distribution
3.7.2.1  NOTAM are distributed on the basis of a request.
3.7.2.2  NOTAM are prepared in conformity with the relevant provisions of the ICAO communication procedures.
3.7.2.3  The aeronautical fixed service (AFS) is employed for NOTAM distribution.
3.7.2.4  NOTAM series A are selected for international distribution.
3.7.2.5  International exchange of NOTAM takes place only as mutually agreed between the international NOTAM offices concerned, and between the NOTAM offices and multinational NOTAM processing units.
3.7.2.6  Selective distribution lists are used when practicable.
3.7.2.7  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.
3.7.2.8  The EAD system ensures distribution of NOTAM to all relevant NOTAM Offices (NOF) within its area of responsibility (EAD Clients).
3.7.2.9  NOTAM originated by EAD Clients are channeled through the EAD system and therefore indicate the EAD AFTN origination address.
3.7.2.10  The international exchange of NOTAM used for distribution of information on volcanic activity include volcanic ash advisory centres and the centres designated by regional air navigation agreement for the operation of AFS Secure Aviation Data Information Service (SADIS) and the World Area Forecast System (WAFS) Internet file service (WIFS), and take account of the requirements of long-range operations.
3.7.2.11  The exchange of NOTAM between international NOTAM offices and between the international NOTAM offices and multinational NOTAM processing units, as far as practicable, covers the needs of operations personnel including flight crew members.
3.7.2.12  A predetermined distribution system for NOTAM transmitted on the AFTN is used whenever possible.
3.8   Sale of aeronautical publications
3.8.1  All purchase requests and enquires regarding the sale of aeronautical 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

AFS:LAAAYNYX

URL:www.ais.albcontrol.al

3.8.2  Publication prices are promulgated in an AIC.

4.   Aeronautical information updates

4.1   General
4.1.1  Aeronautical data and aeronautical information are kept up to date.
4.2   Aeronautical information regulation and control (AIRAC)
4.2.1  Information concerning the circumstances listed in ICAO Annex 15, 6.2.1, 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.
4.2.2  The information notified under the AIRAC system is not 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.
4.2.3  Information provided under the AIRAC system is made available by the aeronautical information service (AIS) so as to reach recipients at least 28 days in advance of the effective date.

Note: AIRAC information is distributed by the AIS unit at least 42 days in advance of the AIRAC effective dates with the objective of reaching recipients at least 28 days in advance of the effective date

4.2.4  When information has not been submitted by the AIRAC date, a NIL notification is distributed not later than one cycle before the AIRAC effective date concerned.
4.2.5  Implementation dates other than AIRAC effective dates are not used for pre-planned operationally significant changes requiring cartographic work and/or for updating of navigation databases.
4.2.6  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, 6.2.6.
4.2.7  Whenever major changes are planned and where advance notice is desirable and practicable, information is made available by the AIS so as to reach recipients 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, 6.2.7, and other major changes if deemed necessary.
4.2.8  Schedule of AIRAC effective dates

2019

2020

2021

2022

03 JAN

02 JAN

28 JAN27 JAN

31 JAN

30 JAN

25 FEB24 FEB

28 FEB

27 FEB

25 MAR24 MAR

28 MAR

26 MAR

22 APR21 APR

25 APR

23 APR

20 MAY19 MAY

23 MAY

21 MAY

17 JUN16 JUN
20 JUN

18 JUN

15 JUL14 JUL

18 JUL

16 JUL

12 AUG11 AUG

15 AUG

13 AUG

09 SEP08 SEP

12 SEP

10 SEP

07 OCT06 OCT

10 OCT

08 OCT

04 NOV03 NOV

07 NOV

05 NOV

02 DEC01 DEC

05 DEC

03 DEC

30 DEC29 DEC
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31 DEC

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4.3   AIP updates
4.3.1  The AIP is amended or reissued at such regular intervals as may be necessary to keep it up to date.
4.3.2  Permanent changes to the AIP are published as AIP Amendments.
4.3.3  When an AIP Amendment is not published at the established interval or publication date, a NIL notification is originated and distributed by the NOTAM checklist.
4.3.4  Recourse to hand amendments or annotations are kept to a minimum.
4.3.5  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.
4.3.6  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.

4.4   NOTAM
4.4.1  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.

Note: Information which relates to an aerodrome and its vicinity and does not affect its operational status may be distributed locally during pre-flight or in-flight briefing or other local contact with flight crews.

4.4.2  NOTAM are published with sufficient lead time for the affected parties to take any required action, except in the case of unserviceability, volcanic activity, release of radioactive material, toxic chemicals and other events that cannot be foreseen.
4.4.3  NOTAM notifying unserviceability of aids to air navigation, facilities or communication services give an estimate of the period of unserviceability or the time at which restoration of service is expected.
4.4.4  At least seven days’ advance notice are given of the activation of established danger, restricted or prohibited areas and of activities requiring temporary airspace restrictions other than for emergency operations
4.4.4.1  Notice of any subsequent cancellation of the activities or any reduction of the hours of activity or the dimensions of the airspace are given as soon as possible

Note: Whenever possible, at least 24 hours’ advance notice is desirable, to permit timely completion of the notification process and to facilitate airspace utilization planning.

4.4.5  Within three months from the issuing of a permanent NOTAM, the information contained in the NOTAM is included in the aeronautical information products affected.
4.4.6  Within three months from the issuing of a temporary NOTAM of long duration, the information contained in the NOTAM is included in the AIP Supplement.
4.4.7  When a NOTAM with estimated end of validity unexpectedly exceeds the three-month period, a replacement NOTAM is issued, unless the condition is expected to last for a further period of more than three months; in this case, an AIP Supplement is issued.
4.4.8  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.
4.4.8.1  The Trigger NOTAM come into force on the same effective date and time as the amendment or supplement and remain valid in the pre-flight information bulletin for a period of fourteen days.
4.4.8.2  In the case of an AIP Supplement, the Trigger NOTAM remain valid for a period of fourteen days.
4.4.8.3  In the case of an AIP Supplement that is valid for less than fourteen days, the Trigger NOTAM remain valid for the complete validity period of the AIP Supplement.
4.4.8.4  In the case of an AIP Supplement that is valid for fourteen days or more, the Trigger NOTAM remain valid for at least fourteen days.

5.   Pre-flight and post-flight information services

5.1  Pre-flight information service
5.1.1  For Tirana aerodrome used for international air operations, aeronautical information 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.
5.1.2  Aeronautical information provided for pre-flight planning purposes include information of operational significance from the elements of aeronautical information products.

Note 1: The elements of aeronautical information products provided by ECAC States are available at Tirana ARO through EAD system.

Note 2: A recapitulation of valid NOTAM of operational significance and other information of urgent character is made available to flight crews in the form of plain-language pre-flight information bulletins (PIB).

5.1.3  The geographic coverage zone for pre-flight information services is limited to the Tirana FIR within which the aerodrome is located, the FIR(s) adjacent thereto, and all air route or portion of route flown without an intermediate landing, originating at the aerodrome and extending beyond the FIR(s) mentioned.
5.1.4  An integrated web briefing system is also used to make aeronautical data and aeronautical information available to operations personnel including flight crew members for self-briefing, flight planning and flight information service purposes. The aeronautical data and aeronautical information made available comply with the provisions of ICAO Annex 15.
5.1.5  The integrated web briefing system is available via the AIS website at: www.ais.albcontrol.al
5.2  Post-flight information service
5.2.1  For Tirana aerodrome used for international air operations, arrangements are made between ALBCONTROL and the Aerodrome Operator to receive information concerning the state and operation of air navigation facilities or services noted by flight crews.
5.2.2  The arrangements ensure that such information is made available to the aeronautical information service (AIS) for distribution as the circumstances necessitate.
5.2.3  For Tirana aerodrome used for international air operations, arrangements are made between ALBCONTROL and the Aerodrome Operator to receive information concerning the presence of wildlife hazards observed by flight crews.
5.2.4  The information about presence of wildlife hazards is made available to the aeronautical information service for distribution as the circumstances necessitate.
5.2.5  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

AFS:LAAAYAYX

URL:www.albcontrol.al

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

6.   Digital data sets

6.1   Terrain data sets
6.1.1  Terrain data sets are available for Area 1 and LATI Area 2 and Area 3 in GeoTIFF format.
6.1.2  Actually, the terrain data sets are provided to external parties contracted by ALBCONTROL for instrument flight procedure designing, charting and minimum safety altitude warning purposes.
6.2   Obstacle data sets
6.2.1  The obstacle data set for Area 1, LATI Area 2 and LATI Area 3 is provided as one single file in AIXM 4.5 and Excel format.
6.2.2  The obstacle data set is available via the AIS website at: www.ais.albcontrol.al
6.2.3  All enquiries regarding obstacle data 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

AFS:LAAAYNYX

URL:www.ais.albcontrol.al