GEN 3.4  Communication Services

1   RESPONSIBLE SERVICES

1.1   Civil

Belgocontrol, ANA and Eurocontrol are the responsible authorities for the provision of telecommunication and navigation facility services within the areas indicated under § 2 below.

The services are provided in accordance with the provisions contained in the following ICAO documents:

  • ICAO Annex 10. Aeronautical Telecommunications
  • ICAO Doc 7030. Regional Supplementary Procedures
  • ICAO Doc 7910. Location Indicators
  • ICAO Doc 8400. ICAO Abbreviations and Codes (PANS-ABC)
  • ICAO Doc 8585. Designators for Aircraft Operating Agencies, Aeronautical Authorities and Services
1.1.1   Belgocontrol
Post:

Belgocontrol
Directorate-General Systems
Tervuursesteenweg, 303
1820 Steenokkerzeel
BELGIUM

TEL: +32 (0) 2 206 22 03

FAX: +32 (0) 2 206 22 00

Email: info@belgocontrol.be

URL: www.belgocontrol.be

1.1.2   ANA
Post:

Administration de la Navigation Aérienne
CNS Department
BP 273
L-2012 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG

TEL: +352 47 98 25 00 1

FAX: +352 46 98 25 09 0

Email: info.rad@aeroport.public.lu

URL: www.ana.public.lu

1.1.3   Eurocontrol
Post:

Eurocontrol
Maastricht UAC
Horsterweg 11
6199 AC Maastricht Airport
THE NETHERLANDS

TEL: +31 (0) 43 366 12 34

FAX: +31 (0) 43 366 13 00

AFS: EDYYZQZX

Email: masuac.info@eurocontrol.int

URL: www.eurocontrol.int/muac

Military

Within Belgian Defence, Comopsair is the responsible authority for the provision of military telecommunication and navigation facility services within the area indicated under § 2.2 below.

Post:

Defence
Air Component - COMOPSAIR
Airspace Control Ops (A 3.2)
Kwartier Koningin Elisabeth
Bldg 1
Eversestraat / Rue d’Evere 1
1140 Brussels
BELGIUM

TEL: +32 (0) 2 701 17 04

FAX: +32 (0) 2 701 72 66

Email: comopsair-a3-air-ctrl-ops@mil.be

2   AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

2.1   Civil
2.1.1   Belgocontrol

Belgocontrol is responsible for the provision of radio navigation and surveillance services within the territory of Belgium.

Belgocontrol is responsible for the provision of voice and data communications services within the area of responsibility of its air traffic services (see GEN 3.3, § 2.1.2).

Note: Data link services are provided in cooperation with SITA, ARINC and Sat AIRCOM.

2.1.2   ANA

ANA is responsible for the provision of radio navigation and surveillance services within the territory of Luxembourg.

ANA is responsible for the provision of voice and data communication services within the area of responsibility of its air traffic services (see GEN 3.3, § 2.1.2).

2.1.3   Eurocontrol

Eurocontrol Maastricht UAC is responsible for the provision of voice and data communication services within the Brussels UIR above FL 245.

Military

Military communication services are provided for the Brussels FIR/UIR.

COMOPSAIR is responsible for the provision of military communications services within the area of responsibility of its air traffic services (see GEN 3.3, § 2.2).

3   TYPE OF SERVICES

3.1   Radio Navigation Services

The following types of radio aids for navigation are available:

  • Non-directional radio beacon (NDB)
  • VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) - Doppler VOR (DVOR)
  • VHF direction-finding station (VDF)
  • Instrument landing system (ILS)
  • Distance measuring equipment (DME)
  • UHF tactical air navigation aid (TACAN)
  • Terminal area surveillance radar (TAR)
  • Secondary surveillance radar (SSR)
  • Surface movement radar (SMR)
  • En-route surveillance radar (RSR)

According to the judgement of the direction-finding station, bearings are classified as follows:

Class AAccurate within ± 2 DEG
Class BAccurate within ± 5 DEG
Class CAccurate within ± 10 DEG

Direction-finding stations have authority to refuse to give bearings or headings to steer when conditions are unsatisfactory or when bearings do not fall within the calibrated limits of the station, stating the reason at the time of refusal.

3.1.1   Miscellaneous

Due to Clacton VOR/DME (CLN) operating on FREQ 114.550 MHZ / CH 92Y, aircraft equipped with receivers with channel spacing of 100 KHZ and flying in lower airspace may be subject to erroneous indications at the limit of the designated operational coverage of BUB (FREQ 114.600 MHZ) and KOK (FREQ 114.500 MHZ).

Consequently, it is recommended that these aircraft use only a coverage of 50 NM for BUB and 40 NM for KOK in the north sector of both stations between 270 and 090 degrees.

3.2   Voice and Fixed Services
3.2.1   Voice Service

The aeronautical stations maintain a continuous watch on their stated frequencies during the published hours of service unless otherwise notified.

An aircraft should normally communicate with the air-ground control radio station that exercises control in the area in which it is flying. Aircraft should maintain continuous watch on the appropriate frequencies of the control station and should not abandon watch, except in an emergency, without informing the control station.

On frequencies published as “guarded”, a permanent listening watch is maintained during the responsible unit’s operational hours. On frequencies published as “stand-by”, no permanent listening watch is maintained.

3.2.2   Fixed Service

The messages to be transmitted over the AFS are accepted only if:

  • they satisfy the requirements of ICAO Annex 10, volume 2, chapter 3
  • they are prepared in the form specified in ICAO Annex 10
  • the text of an individual message does not exceed 200 groups
3.3   Broadcasting Service

Sub-area meteorological broadcasts (VOLMET) are available H24 for use by aircraft in flight. Full details are given in GEN 3.5, § 1.7.

At EBAW, EBBR, EBCI, EBLG, EBOS and ELLX, ATIS broadcasts are available to pass routine arrival and departure information. Full details are given in the relevant AD 2.18 and AD 2.23 sections.

Note: In Belgium, voice toggling (male/female) is used in order to attract attention on the start of a new message.

3.5   Languages Used
3.5.1   Civil

In the Brussels FIR/UIR English shall be used to contact ATS units providing ATC, FIS and AFIS. For the preferential language to be used on non-controlled aerodromes and heliports, see AD 2 and AD 3.

Military

In the Brussels FIR/UIR, for communication with military ATS, only English shall be used for the normal communication and flight safety messages.

4   REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS

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5   MISCELLANEOUS

5.1   SUMMARY OF AFS ADDRESSES
5.1.1   Belgium
5.1.1.1   Civil

BELGOCONTROL
ManagementEBVAYDYX
ATSEBVAZGZX
COMEBVAYTYX
AISEBVAYOYX
EBAW
ManagementEBAWYDYX
AROEBAWZPZX
TWR /APPEBAWZTZX
EBBR
ManagementEBBRYDYX
COMEBBBYFYX
MET (Data Bank)EBBRYMYX - EBBRYZYX
NOFEBBRYNYN
AROEBBRZPZX
ACC/FIC (Chief)EBBUZGZX
Operations (VFR)EBBUZFZX
Operations (IFR)EBBUZQZX
Operations (FMP)EBBRFMPC
TWR/APPEBBRZTZX
EBCI
ManagementEBCIYDYX
AROEBCIZPZX
TWR/APPEBCIZTZX
EBKT
OperatorEBKTZPZX
Basic InformationEBKTZTZX
EBLG
ManagementEBLGYDYX
METEBLGYMYX
TWR/APPEBLGZTZX
EBOS
ManagementEBOSYDYX
AROEBOSZPZX
TWR/APPEBOSZTZX
EBSP
ManagementEBSPYDYX
5.1.1.2   Military

EBBE
AISEBBEZPZX
EBCI
Test Flying OfficeEBCIYXYX
EBCV
Base OpsETARYXYX
KRCHYXYX
EBFS
AISEBFSZPZX
EBGL
AISEBGLZPZX
EBBL
AISEBBLZPZX
EBFN
AISEBFNZPZX
RSCEBFNYCYX
EBMB
W OPSEBMBZPZX
SEMMERZAKE ATCC
FDSEBSZZRZX
NOFEBSZYNYX
MDC (CANAC)
Co-ordinationEBMIZGZF
RCCEBMIYCYX
5.1.2   Luxembourg
CAA
CAAELLXYAYX
ELLX
ManagementELLXYDYX
COMELLXYTYX
METELLXYMYX
AISELLXYOYX
AROELLXZPZX
TWR/APPELLXZTZX
RSCELLXYCYX
5.1.3   Eurocontrol
UIC/UACEDYYZQZX
CEU (West)EUCHCEUW
Network ManagerEUCHEUCX
ATFMEUCHZMTA
IFPU BrusselsEUCHZMFP
IFPU BrétignyEUCBZMFP