GEN 3  SERVICES

GEN 3.1  Aeronautical Information Services

1   RESPONSIBLE SERVICES

AIM Belgium, Belgocontrol, Belgian Defence and ANA are the responsible authorities to ensure the flow of information necessary for the safety, regularity and efficiency of international and national air navigation within the areas indicated below.

Note: AIM Belgium is a service provided by Belgocontrol in cooperation with Belgian Defence.

The service is provided in accordance with the provisions contained in ICAO Annex 15.

1.1   AIP Office (AIM Belgium)
Post:

AIM Belgium
AIP Office
Control Tower
Tervuursesteenweg 303
1820 Steenokkerzeel
BELGIUM

FAX: +32 (0) 2 206 24 19

AFS: EBVAYOYX

Email: aip.production@belgocontrol.be

1.2   Brussels NOF (Belgocontrol)
Post:

Belgocontrol AIM
International NOTAM Office
Control Tower
Tervuursesteenweg 303
1820 Steenokkerzeel
BELGIUM

TEL: +32 (0) 2 206 25 30

FAX: +32 (0) 2 206 25 29

AFS: EBBRYNYN

Email: notam@belgocontrol.be

URL: www.belgocontrol.be

1.3   Semmerzake NOF (Belgian Defence)
Post:

Defence
Semmerzake Air Traffic Control Centre
Sqn ATC/Sec NOTAM Office
Molenstraat 69
9890 Gavere
BELGIUM

TEL: +32 (0) 9 389 25 04

FAX: +32 (0) 2 389 24 07

AFS: EBSZYNYN

Email: atcc-atc-flnof-secnop@mil.be

1.4   AIS Luxembourg (ANA)
Post:

Administration de la navigation aérienne
AIS/ARO Department
BP 273
L-2012 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG

TEL: +352 47 98 23 01 0

FAX: +352 47 98 23 09 0

AFS: ELLXZPZX

Email: ais@airport.etat.lu

URL: www.ana.public.lu

2   AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

2.1   AIM Belgium

AIM Belgium is responsible for the provision of the AIP (including AIP amendments and AIP supplements) and the AIC for Belgium and Luxembourg.

2.2   Belgocontrol

Belgocontrol is responsible for the origination and issuance of NOTAM in the Brussels FIR and for the provision of pre-flight information services in relation to route stages originating at the civil aerodromes and heliports in Belgium.

2.3   Belgian Defence

Belgian Defence is responsible for the origination and issuance of military NOTAM in the Brussels FIR and for the provision of pre-flight information services in relation to route stages originating at the military aerodromes and heliports in Belgium.

2.4   ANA

ANA is responsible for the provision of pre-flight information services in relation to route stages originating at the aerodromes and heliports in Luxembourg.

3   AERONAUTICAL PUBLICATIONS

The aeronautical information is provided in the form of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package, consisting of the following elements:

  • Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
  • Amendment service to the AIP (AMDT)
  • Supplements to the AIP (SUP)
  • NOTAM and Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB)
  • Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)
  • Checklist and list of valid NOTAM
3.1   Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)

The AIP is the basic aviation document intended primarily to satisfy international requirements for the exchange of permanent aeronautical information and long duration temporary changes essential for air navigation.

The AIP is available in an electronic form that allows for printing on paper (eAIP), for use in international and domestic operations, whether the flight is a commercial or a private one. The text is in English only.

The eAIP is published on disc (CD-ROM or DVD-ROM) and on the Belgocontrol website (www.belgocontrol.be).

3.2   Amendment Service to the AIP

Amendments to the eAIP are made by issuing a replacement eAIP. Each eAIP distributed on disc is allocated a separate serial number, which is consecutive and based on the calendar year. The year, indicated by four digits, is a part of the serial number.

A new eAIP is issued for each AIRAC effective date.

Each eAIP contains:

  • The AIP including the AIRAC AIP amendment becoming effective on the eAIP effective date, if any;
  • The AIP including the regular AIP amendment inserted on the eAIP effective date;
  • A preview of the published AIRAC AIP amendments that are not yet effective, if any.

Amendment changes in the AIP are identified by a light blue (regular AIP amendment) or pink (AIRAC AIP amendment) background, whereby removed text is barred with a horizontal line. Each amendment is also available in an electronic form that allows for printing on paper.

AIRAC AIP amendments, issued in accordance with the AIRAC System (see also § 4 below) and identified by the acronym “AIRAC”, incorporate operationally significant permanent changes into the AIP on the indicated AIRAC effective date. Regular AIP amendments, issued in accordance with the established regular interval, incorporate other permanent changes into the AIP.

Each regular and AIRAC AIP amendment is allocated a separate serial number, which is consecutive and based on the calendar year. The year, indicated by four digits, is a part of the serial number of the amendment.

The publication schedule of the AIP amendments is published yearly in an AIP supplement.

3.3   Supplements to the AIP (SUP)

Temporary changes of long duration (three months and longer) and information of short duration that consists of extensive text and/or graphics, supplementing the permanent information contained in the AIP, are published as AIP supplements.

AIP supplements are separated by information subject (GEN, ENR, AD) and are published in one package with the AIP. Each AIP supplement is allocated a separate serial number, which is consecutive and based on the calendar year. The year, indicated by four digits, is a part of the serial number of the AIP supplement.

An AIP supplement is kept in the AIP as long as all or some of its information remain valid. The period of validity of the information contained in the AIP supplement will normally be given in the AIP supplement itself. Alternatively, NOTAM may be used to indicate changes to the period of validity or cancellation of the AIP supplement.

The checklist of AIP supplements currently in force is published as part of the AIP (see GEN-0.3).

3.4   NOTAM and Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB)
3.4.1   NOTAM

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. The text of each NOTAM contains the information in the order shown in the ICAO NOTAM format and 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.

NOTAM are originated and issued for the Brussels FIR/UIR and are distributed in three series identified by the letters A, B, M and S:

  • Series A: General international distribution.
  • Series B: International distribution limited to Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
  • Series M: Military NOTAM.
  • Series S (SNOWTAM): Information concerning snow, slush, ice or standing water associated with snow, slush and ice in the movement areas. SNOWTAM are prepared in accordance with Appendix 2 of ICAO Annex 15.

Each NOTAM will be allocated a series identified by a letter (A, B, M or S) and a four-digit number followed by a stroke and a two-digit number for the year (e.g. A0023/10). Each series starts on 1 JAN with number 0001.

Note: NOTAM series A, B and S are originated and issued by Brussels NOF. NOTAM series M are originated and issued by Semmerzake NOF.

3.4.2   Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB)

PIB, which contain a recapitulation of current NOTAM and other information of urgent character for the operator / flight crews are available on the Belgian aerodromes, at ELLX and from the Belgocontrol website. The extent of the information contained in the PIB is listed in § 5.

3.5   Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)

AIC contain information on the long-term forecast of any major change in legislation, regulations, procedures or facilities; information of a purely explanatory or advisory nature liable to affect flight safety and information or notification of an explanatory or advisory nature concerning technical, legislative or purely administrative matters.

AIC are published in one package with the AIP

Each AIC is allocated a separate serial number, which is consecutive and based on the calendar year. The year, indicated by four digits, is a part of the serial number of the AIC. A checklist of AIC currently in force is contained in the eAIP and a checklist is also issued as an AIC at least once per year.

3.6   Checklists and Lists of Valid NOTAM

A checklist of valid NOTAM, also containing information about the number of the latest issued AIP amendment, AIRAC AIP amendment, AIP supplement and AIC is issued monthly via AFS.

The list of valid NOTAM contains a plain language presentation of the valid NOTAM. A real-time updated version of the list of valid NOTAM in series A and B can be consulted on the Belgocontrol website (www.belgocontrol.be).

3.7   Sale of Publications

The above-mentioned publications can be obtained from the AIS. Purchase arrangements and prices of the eAIP are published by means of an AIC. Foreign AIS can obtain the eAIP free of charge on a reciprocal basis.

4   AIRAC SYSTEM

In order to control and regulate the operationally significant changes requiring amendments to charts, route-manuals etc., such changes – whenever possible – will be issued on predetermined dates according to the AIRAC system as an AIRAC AIP amendment.

The table below indicates the AIRAC effective dates for the coming years. AIRAC information will be issued so that the information will be received by the user not later than 28 days before the effective date. At AIRAC effective dates, a trigger NOTAM will be issued, giving a brief description of the contents and reference number of the AIRAC AIP amendment that becomes effective on that date. The trigger NOTAM remains in force as a reminder in the PIB for fifteen days after the effective date.

To provide additional advanced notification to professional users, each AIRAC AIP amendment will be posted in electronic format on the Eurocontrol AIS AGORA forum approximately one week before its publication date. This forum can be found on the following address:

If no information was submitted for publication at the AIRAC date, a NIL notification will be issued by NOTAM not later than one AIRAC cycle before the AIRAC effective date concerned.

The publication schedule of the AIRAC AIP amendments will be published yearly in an AIP supplement.

20162017201820192020
07 JAN05 JAN04 JAN03 JAN02 JAN
04 FEB02 FEB01 FEB31 JAN30 JAN
03 MAR02 MAR01 MAR28 FEB27 FEB
31 MAR30 MAR29 MAR28 MAR26 MAR
28 APR27 APR26 APR25 APR23 APR
26 MAY25 MAY24 MAY23 MAY21 MAY
23 JUN22 JUN21 JUN20 JUN18 JUN
21 JUL20 JUL19 JUL18 JUL16 JUL
18 AUG17 AUG16 AUG15 AUG13 AUG
15 SEP14 SEP13 SEP12 SEP10 SEP
13 OCT12 OCT11 OCT10 OCT08 OCT
10 NOV09 NOV08 NOV07 NOV05 NOV
08 DEC07 DEC06 DEC05 DEC03 DEC
31 DEC

Note: Because of reduced staffing and increased postal delays, data providers are requested to avoid AIRAC effective dates between 21 DEC and 17 JAN, both dates included (cfr. ICAO Annex 15, chapter 6 and ICAO Doc 8126, chapter 4).

5   PRE-FLIGHT INFORMATION SERVICE AT AERODROMES / HELIPORTS

5.1   In Belgium

Pre-flight information is available at aerodromes as detailed below.

5.1.1   Civil Aerodromes
AD TYPEBRIEFING COVERAGE
EBAWDocumentation

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain via self-briefing terminals. Denmark, Switzerland paper copy AVBL

PIB

Worldwide coverage via self-briefing terminals

EBBRDocumentation

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain via self-briefing terminals

O/R to EBBR NOF:

Europe: full coverage

Africa: Algeria, ASECNA, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Tunisia

Asia: Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan

North America: Canada and the United States

South America and the Caribbean: Cuba and Eastern Caribbean States

PIB

Worldwide coverage via self-briefing terminals

EBCIDocumentation

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain via self-briefing terminals

PIB

Worldwide coverage via self-briefing terminals

EBLGDocumentationBelgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain via self-briefing terminals
PIB

Worldwide coverage via self-briefing terminals

EBOSDocumentation

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain via self-briefing terminals.

PIB

Worldwide coverage via self-briefing terminals

PIB are also delivered by FAX or via e-mail after request to Brussels NOF. Self-briefing is possible via the Belgocontrol website (www.belgocontrol.be).

Note: PIB via self-briefing terminals or via internet include only NOTAM not older than 250 days and “PERMNOTAM not older than 90 days from their start of validity.

5.1.2   Military Aerodromes
AD TYPEBRIEFING COVERAGE
EBBEDocumentation (CIV)

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Documentation (MIL)

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

PIB

Information at AIS office on request. (coverage: see ATM instruction 5).

EBFSDocumentation (CIV)

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Documentation (MIL)

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

PIB

Information at AIS office on request. (coverage: see ATM instruction 5).

EBBLDocumentation (CIV)

Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Turkey and the U.K.

Documentation (MIL)

Belgium, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the U.K.

PIB

Information at AIS office on request. (coverage: see ATM instruction 5).

EBFNDocumentation (CIV)

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Documentation (MIL)

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

PIB

Information at AIS office on request. (coverage: see ATM instruction 5).

EBMBDocumentation (CIV)

Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Kazachstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Documentation (MIL)

Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

PIB

Information at AIS office on request. (coverage: see ATM instruction 5).

5.2   In Luxembourg

Pre-flight information is available as detailed below.

AD TYPEBRIEFING COVERAGE
ELLXDocumentation

ECAC Member States, Tunisia

PIB

Worldwide coverage. AVBL H24 at the AIS Office

6   ELECTRONIC TERRAIN AND OBSTACLE DATA

An Area 1 electronic obstacle data set is available for the Brussels FIR. Further information may be obtained from:

Post:

Belgocontrol
Procedure Design & TOD
Tervuursesteenweg 303
1820 Steenokkerzeel
BELGIUM

TEL: +32 (0) 2 206 22 31

FAX: +32 (0) 2 206 24 19

Email: scs@belgocontrol.be

7   EAD

Belgium and Luxembourg are fully migrated to the European AIS Database (EAD). The EAD may be consulted at the following address (free registration required):