GEN 3   Services

GEN 3.1  Aeronautical information services


The Aeronautical Information Service which forms part of Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency ensures the flow of information necessary for the safety, regularity and efficiency of international and national air navigation within the area of its responsibility as indicated under paragraph 2. below.

The Aeronautical Information Service consists of AIS BIH, International NOTAM Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHNOF) and AIS functions in ARO established at international aerodromes as listed under paragraph 5. below.
1.1   AIS BIH
Post:Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA)
Aeronautical Information Service
Ortiješ bb, P.P.133
88000 Mostar
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone:+387 36 281 007
Phone:+387 36 446 254
Phone:+387 36 446 224
Fax:+387 36 446 261
Operational hours: Monday-Friday 0700-1500 (0600-1400 Summer time); HOL excluded
1.2   BHNOF
Post:Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA)
International NOTAM Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHNOF)
Aleja Bosne Srebrene 64
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone:+387 33 251 395
Phone:+387 33 472 920 (on backup location)
Fax:+387 33 251 385
Fax:+387 33 541 746 (on backup location)


The Aeronautical Information Service of Bosnia and Herzegovina is responsible for the collection and dissemination of information for the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo FIR).

The service is provided in accordance with ICAO Annex 15.


The aeronautical information is provided in the form of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package consisting of the following elements:
  • Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP);
  • AIP Amendment (AIP AMDT);
  • AIP Supplement (AIP SUP);
  • NOTAM and Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB);
  • Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC);
  • Checklist and List of valid NOTAMs.
NOTAM and the related monthly Checklist are issued via EAD (European Aeronautical Database), while PIB are made available at Aerodrome Reporting Office (ARO) units. All other elements of the package are distributed by mail.
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 published in one volume and English language only.

AIP Bosnia and Herzegovina is also available in electronic form as HTML, XML and PDF format.
Amendments to the AIP are made by means of replacement sheets. Two types of Amendments are produced:

- Regular AIP Amendment (AIP AMDT) identified by a light blue cover sheet. This type of AMDT incorporates permanent changes, which previously has been published by NOTAM or in certain cases by AIP SUP or AIC, as well as minor editorial changes. Publication date is indicated on the cover sheet;

- AIRAC AIP Amendment (AIRAC AIP AMDT) is identified by a pink cover sheet and the acronym AIRAC. These amendments incorporate operationally significant information of a permanent nature, which will become effective later at a specified date in accordance with the AIRAC system (see paragraph below).

These AIRAC AMDT are therefore to be inserted into the AIP at the specified date (AIRAC EFFECTIVE DATE).

A brief description of the subjects affected by the amendment is given on the AIP Amendment cover sheet. New information included on the reprinted AIP pages is annotated or identified by a vertical line in the left margin of the change/addition.

Each AIP page and each AIP replacement page introduced by an amendment, including the amendment cover sheet, are dated. The date consist of the day, month (by name) and year of the publication date (regular AIP AMDT) or of the AIRAC effective date (AIRAC AIP AMDT) of the information. Each AIP Amendment cover sheet includes references to the serial number of those elements (NOTAM, AIC, AIP SUP), if any, of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package which have been incorporated in the AIP by the amendment and consequently cancelled.
Each AIP AMDT and each AIRAC AIP AMDT are allocated separate serial numbers which are consecutive and based on the calendar year. The year, indicated by four digits, is a part of the serial number of the amendment, e.g. AIP AMDT 001/2019; AIRAC AIP AMDT 009/2019.

A checklist of AIP pages containing page number/chart title and the publication or effective date (day, month by name and year) of the information is reissued with each amendment and is an integral part of the AIP.
Temporary changes of long duration (three months and longer) and information of short duration which consist of extensive text and/or graphics, supplementing the permanent information contained in the AIP, are published as AIP Supplements (AIP SUP). Operationally significant temporary changes to the AIP are published in accordance with the AIRAC system and its established effective dates and are identified clearly by the acronym AIRAC AIP SUP and pink cover sheet.

AIP Supplements are separated by information subject (General - GEN, En-route - ENR and Aerodromes - AD) and are placed accordingly at the beginning of each AIP Part. Supplements are published on yellow paper (regular AIP SUP) to be conspicuous and to stand out from the rest of the AIP. Each AIP Supplement (regular or AIRAC) is allocated a serial number which is consecutive and based on the calendar year, i.e. AIP SUP 001/2019; AIRAC AIP SUP 003/2018.

An AIP Supplement is kept in the AIP as long as all or some of its contents remain valid. The period of validity of the information contained in the AIP Supplement will normally be given in the supplement itself. Alternatively, NOTAM may be used to indicate changes to the period of validity or cancellation of the supplement. The checklist of AIP Supplements currently in force is issued in the monthly printed plain-language summary of NOTAM in force.
The Aeronautical information Circular (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. AICs are divided by subject and are issued in two series (A and B):
  • Series A contains information affecting international civil aviation and is given international distribution;
  • Series B contains information affecting national aviation and is given national distribution.
Each AIC is numbered consecutively within each series on a calendar year basis. The year, indicated by four digits, is a part of the serial number of the AIC, e.g. AIC A 001/2019; AIC B 001/2019. A checklist of AIC currently in force is issued as an AIC at least once a year.
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 Sarajevo FIR and are distributed in series A to Z except S and T.
Series A- international distribution
Series B- domestic distribution or international distribution (on request)
Series S – SNOWTAM*- international distribution from AD Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Tuzla
* This Series comprises information concerning the presence or removal of hazardous conditions due to snow, ice, slush or standing water associated with these conditions on the movement areas. SNOWTAM are prepared in accordance with ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 2, and are issued by the individual aerodrome directly, with separate serial numbers. Details are given in the Snow Plan in the Aerodrome Part (AD).
Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB), which contains a recapitulation of current NOTAMs and other information of urgent character for the operator/flight crews, are available at the aerodrome ARO office. The extent of the information contained in the PIB is indicated under paragraph below.
A Checklist of valid NOTAM is issued monthly via EAD. The Checklist is followed by a printed List of valid NOTAMs distributed on request via mail or E-mail to recipients of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package. It contains a plain language (in English) presentation of the valid NOTAM and information about the number of the latest issued AIP AMDT, AIRAC AIP AMDT, AIP SUP, AIRAC AIP SUP and AIC,as well as the numbers of elements issued under AIRAC that will become effective or, if none, the NIL AIRAC notification.
The Aeronautical Information Publications can be obtained from the Aeronautical Information Service. Purchase prices are published by AIC Series A.


In order to control and regulate the operationally significant changes implying amendments to charts, route-manuals etc., such changes, whenever possible will be issued at predetermined dates according to the AIRAC System. Whenever possible this type of information will be published as an AIRAC AMDT or an AIRAC SUP.
If an AIRAC AMDT or AIRAC SUP cannot be produced due to lack of time NOTAM clearly marked AIRAC will be issued. Such NOTAM will immediately be followed by an AIP AMDT or SUP.
The table below indicates 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, for major changes not later than 56 days before the effective date. At AIRAC effective date, a Trigger NOTAM will be issued giving a brief description of the contents, effective date and the reference number of the AIRAC AIP AMDT or AIRAC AIP SUP that will become effective on that date. Trigger NOTAM will remain in force as a reminder in the PIB for 14 days after the effective date.

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.
4 January3 January2 January28 January
1 February31 January30 January25 February
1 March28 February27 February25 March
29 March28 March26 March22 April
26 April25 April23 April20 May
24 May23 May21 May17 June
21 June20 June18 June15 July
19 July18 July16 July12 August
16 August15 August13 August9 September
13 September12 September10 September7 October
11 October10 October8 October4 November
8 November7 November5 November2 December
6 December5 December3 December30 December
NILNIL31 DecemberNIL


Pre-flight Information Service is provided by ARO at each of the international airports Banja Luka, Mostar, Sarajevo and Tuzla, with documents from EAD.
5.1   Aerodrome Reporting Offices- ARO
Customers of ARO can obtain EAD products through Aerodrome ARO units of International Airports, connected directly to EAD database as EAD Data Users.

The ECIT DU allows customers to:
- Retrieve static data;
- Retrieve world-wide validated NOTAM;
- Browse through and download AIP, AIP Amendments, AIP Supplements, AIC and Charts from ECAC states, contained in the EAD AIP / Charts library;
- Retrieve Pre-Flight Information Bulletins (PIB) – world-wide coverage.
Several types of PIB can be produced:

Aerodrome PIB: Aerodrome type bulletins consist of NOTAM and SNOWTAM, containing information on facilities, services and procedures related to aerodromes or aerodromes vicinity;

Area PIB: Area or FIR type bulletins consist of NOTAM and SNOWTAM containing information on facilities, services and procedures related to FIRs. The Area PIB can be restricted to special area defined by a Restricted Airspace or Centre Point and radius (TMA, CTR, Prohibited, Restricted and Danger areas, Geographic coordinates, navaids, significant points …);

Route PIB: Route type bulletins consist of NOTAMand SNOWTAM containing information on facilities, services and procedures related to FIRs and aerodromes situated in selected FIR;

Narrow route PIB: The Narrow route type bulletins consist of NOTAM, related only to a narrow path defined by route description, FL and width of the path. Route description consist of aerodromes of departure (ADEP) and destinations (ADES), significant points, coordinates and airways;

Management of Profiles: The system provides the possibility of storing and reusing selection criteria for the creation of PIB. This is useful for PIB that must be retrieved on a regular basis. Profiles are constantly checked (validated) against the SDO database;

Management of Routes: The system provides the possibility of creating and administering routes that can be used for the generation of a narrow route PIB. Routes are checked (validated) against the SDO database;

Scheduling: It is possible to schedule PIB retrieval. A certain schedule can be stored together with a Profile and can be retrieved via email;

Update Service: The “Update” Service allows receiving update information related to a PIB for an extra period of time after original PIB generation. The “Update” Service type includes only new NOTAMN and NOTAMR/NOTAMC crossed to the original PIB information. Subscription to the “Update” service is possible only if a full PIB was generated previously. Update service can also be retrieved by email.
The Aerodrome Reporting Offices are prepared to save and manage operators’ preferences and deliver all AIS products to an email Phone.

AIS customers are invited to request scheduled PIB and “Update” service based on specific filters criteria (profile), to be delivered by email or to be picked-up ate the ARO where the request is submitted.

These products are obtained on a prior request basis addressed to the pertinent ARO.
The request shall mention the following data:
- Aircraft Identification;
- Pick-up time;
- Email address (if automatic delivery is required);
- ETA;
- Maximum FL en route (first FIR, other, last FIR);
- FPL route and width path (if Narrow route is requested and width path different than 20 NM);
- Update Service validity (if requested).


6.1   Electronic terrain
Bosnia and Herzegovina is administratively and territorially divided into two entities: the Republic of Srpska, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Brcko District as shown in the figure below:

In accordance with the above governmental arrangement, each of these administrative units has its own Administration for Geodetic and Property Affairs, which is responsible for data on the digital terrain model (DTM) for its area of territorial jurisdiction.
The electronic terrain data are in accordance with ICAO Area 1 requirements and available in ASCII or Geo TIFF file format.
General DTM specifications are shown in the table below:
NumberAttribute Description
1Area of coverageBosnia and Herzegovina
2Data originator Administration for Geodetic and Property affairs
3Data sourceDigital terrain model of BIH
4Acquisition methodAerophotogrametric survey of the territory of Bosnia and
Herzegovina within the project "Spatial Information Services for BIH Phase II- Digital orthophoto map"
5Post spacingGrid 5m
6Horizontal accuracy≤10 m
7Horizontal confidence level95%
8Horizontal position2D Cartesian (rectangular) coordinate system (Y-axis positive to the east, X-axis positive to the north)
9Horizontal resolution1 m
10Horizontal reference systemMGI 1901 / Balkan zone 6" Coordinate system in the plane (EPSG: 8678)
11ElevationSystem of normal-orthometric heights
12Elevation reference Reference point HM1 (BV1) -Trieste defined relative to mean sea level in the epoch of 1875
13Vertical accuracy± 1 m in in lowlands, ± 15 m in mountainous and forest vegetation areas
14Vertical confidence level 95%
15Vertical resolution1 m
16Vertical reference systemTrieste (EPSG:5195)
17Recorded surfaceTerrain/relief
18Integrity Original DTM data are stored and available in ASCII and Geo TIFF file format
19DateWithin the period from 2011-2013
20Unit of measurementMetre
Detailed information on the availability of electronic terrain data in electronic form, as well as data specifications may be obtained at the following addresses:
Federal Administration for Geodetic and Real Property Affairs
Post:Federal Administration for Geodetic and Real Property Affairs
Hamdije Kreševljakovića 96
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone:+ 387 33 201 784
Fax:+387 33 586 056
Republic Administration for Geodetic and Property Affairs
Post:Republic Administration for Geodetic and Property Affairs
Trg Republike Srpske No. 8
78000 Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone:+387 51 338 000
Fax:+387 51 318 006
The Government of Brcko District - Public Registry Department
Post:The Government of Brcko District - Public Registry Department
Bulevar Mira 1
76100 Brčko Distrikt BIH
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone:+387 49 240 809
Fax:+387 49 240 605
6.2   Electronic obstacles