1 Responsible service

1.1 General
The Aeronautical Information Management Department (AIM), which forms part of the Estonian Air Navigation Services, 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 in para. 2 below. It consists of AIM Headquarters, International NOTAM Office (NOF) combined with centralised ARO. Information is provided also by ATS units established at aerodromes as listed in para. 5 below.
1.2 AIM Headquarters
Postal address:
Post:Estonian Air Navigation Services
Aeronautical Information Management
Lennujaama tee 2, P.O. Box 12
11101 Tallinn, ESTONIA
Tel: +372 625 8292
Fax: +372 625 8204
Telex: NIL

Actual location address:
Post:Kanali tee põik 3
75310 Rae, Harju county

Hours of operation: MON to FRI 0800 to 1630 LMT.
1.3 International NOTAM office (NOF)
Postal address:
Post:Estonian Air Navigation Services
International NOTAM Office
Lennujaama tee 2, P.O. Box 12
11101 Tallinn, ESTONIA
Tel: +372 625 8293; +372 605 8905
Fax: +372 601 6096; +372 625 8280; +372 625 8206
Telex: NIL

Hours of operation: H24

The service is provided in accordance with the provisions contained in the following ICAO documents:

Annex 15 –Aeronautical Information Services
Doc 8126 –Aeronautical Information Services Manual
Annex 10 –Aeronautical Telecommunications, Volume II – Communication Procedures
Annex 4 –Aeronautical Charts
Doc 8697 –Aeronautical Chart Manual
Doc 8168 –Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Aircraft Operations (PANS-OPS)

2 Area of responsibility

The Aeronautical Information Management is responsible for the collection and dissemination of information for the entire territory of Estonia and for the airspace over the high sea encompassed by the Tallinn Flight Information Region.

3 Aeronautical publications

3.1 Aeronautical Information Package
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 (AIP AMDT);
  • Supplement to the AIP (AIP SUP);
  • NOTAM and Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB);
  • Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC); and
  • Checklists and list of valid NOTAM-s.
NOTAM and the related monthly checklists are issued via the Aeronautical Fixed Service (AFS), while PIB are made available at aerodrome units. List of valid NOTAMs is distributed on request by e-mail. All other elements of the package are distributed by air mail.
3.2 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 in electronic form (eAIP) is published on CD-ROM and on Internet.

The AIP of Estonia is available only in electronic form as HTML, XML and PDF format, and is published in Estonian and English, for use in international and domestic operations whether the flight is a commercial or a private one.

AIP Estonia is published in two volumes.

The first volume contains basic AIP parts: General (GEN), Enroute (ENR) and Aerodromes (AD). The second volume contains AIP Supplements (AIP SUP) and Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC), and may be used for keeping CD-ROMs.

For those who wish to use paper form AIP, a ring binder and paper AIP with the latest effective date will be provided upon initial subscription. After that it will be the clients own responsibility to print out AIP Amendments from the latest CD-ROM and update paper AIP.

3.3 Amendment service to the AIP (AIP AMDT)

Amendments to the eAIP are made by issuing replacement CD-ROMs. A new CD-ROM is issued only for AIP amendments as required. AIRAC AMDT and regular AIP AMDT numbers and the effective date are printed on the CD-ROM.

Each eAIP CD-ROM contains:
  • the complete AIP for the CD-ROM effective date;
  • the AIRAC AIP AMDT or AIP AMDT becoming effective on the CD-ROM effective date.

A brief description of the subjects affected by the amendment is given on the AIP Amendment cover sheet.

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 are consequently cancelled.

AIP sections have a check box in the top right corner, which allows to graphically display changes. The changes in the eAIP are identified by a pink background for AIRAC AMDT and blue background for regular AIP AMDT.

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 01/2010; AIRAC AIP AMDT 01/2010.

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.
3.4 Supplement to the AIP (AIP SUP)

Temporary changes of long duration (three months and longer) and information of short duration which consists 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.

AIP Supplements are placed in a second volume.

AIP Supplements, which are published between publication of two CD-ROMs, are published on yellow paper to be conspicuous. Each AIP Supplement (regular or AIRAC) is allocated a serial number which is consecutive and based on the calendar year, i.e. AIP SUP 01/2010; AIRAC AIP SUP 01/2010. The numbering of AIRAC AIP SUP and non-AIRAC AIP SUP is not separated.

An AIP Supplement is kept in the second volume 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. In case the end of validity is not indicated explicitly (the estimated period of validity), cancellation is announced either by NOTAM, AIP AMDT or a new supplement to the AIP.

The checklist of AIP Supplements currently in force is issued in the monthly printed plain-language List of valid NOTAMs.
3.5 Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)

The Aeronautical Information Circulars 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).

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

AIC Series B contains information affecting national aviation only, is published only in Estonian language and is given national distribution.

AICs, which are published between publication of two CD-ROMs, are published on white paper, and are placed in a second volume.

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 A1/2010, AIC B1/2010. A checklist of AIC currently in force is issued as an AIC once a year.
3.6 NOTAM and Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB)

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. NOTAM serves to distribute urgent and unpredictable information of direct operational significance and, in general, of a temporary nature and short duration.

NOTAM is transmitted by Aeronautical Fixed Service (AFS).

The text of each NOTAM contains the information in the order shown in the ICAO NOTAM Format and is composed of 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 Tallinn FIR and are distributed by NOTAM Office (NOF) in two series identified by the letters A and S.

Series A: General rules, en-route navigation and communication facilities, airspace restrictions and activities taking place in Tallinn FIR and information concerning aerodromes contained in the AIP Estonia. Series A is available in English. NOTAM Series A are transmitted to the states which have requested them.

Series S (SNOWTAM): Information concerning snow, slush, ice or standing water associated with snow and slush and ice in the movement areas. SNOWTAM are prepared in accordance with ICAO Annex 15, Appendix 2, and are originated by the individual aerodrome with separate numbering which starts from the beginning of the year, separately for each aerodrome and are distributed by the International NOTAM Office (NOF). Details are given in the Snow plan in AIP subsection AD 1.2 and in Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) series A published annually by the winter season.

Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIB), which contains a recapitulation of current NOTAM and other information of urgent character for the operators/flight crews, are available at the aerodrome units and NOTAM Office (NOF). The service is based on a central data base system which contains data for the area covered by Estonian AIM. The extent of the information contained in the PIB is indicated under para. 5 of this subsection.

Several types of PIB can be provided:
  • Aerodrome PIB;
  • Area PIB;
  • Route PIB;
  • Narrow Route PIB.

It is possible to schedule PIB retrieval. A certain schedule can be stored together with a profile and PIB can be sent via e-mail and fax.

International NOTAM Office (NOF) combined with centralised ARO are:
  1. providing pre-flight information;
  2. verifying, receiving and forwarding flight plans and flight plan associated messages;
  3. receiving and forwarding flight reports from pilots after the flight (post-flight information); and
  4. providing pre-flight weather reports, forecasts and weather charts.
3.7 Checklist and list of valid NOTAM-s

A checklist of valid NOTAMs is issued monthly via AFS. The checklist is followed by a list of valid NOTAMs distributed on request by e-mail to all 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 and AIC and list of AIP SUP and AIC in force.

The list of valid NOTAM is issued in series A.
3.8 Sale of publications
The said publications can be obtained from address:
Post:Estonian Air Navigation Services
Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)
Lennujaama tee 2, P.O. 12
11101 Tallinn, ESTONIA
Tel: +372 625 8292
Fax: +372 625 8204

Price (including postage, excluding VAT)
Europe (EUR)
Other countries (EUR)
Initial eAIP on CD-ROM, including AIP in ring binder (two volumes).
640 EEK
(40,90 EUR)
eAIP package (AIP AMDTs, SUPs, AICs on CD-ROM and List of valid NOTAMs e-mail distribution) per calender year.
740 EEK
(47,29 EUR)

4 AIRAC System

4.1 In order to control and regulate the operationally significant changes requiring amendments to AIP (charts, route-manuals etc), such changes, whenever possible, will be issued on predetermined dates according to the AIRAC system. This type of information will be published as an AIRAC AIP AMDT or an AIRAC AIP SUP. If an AIRAC AMDT or SUP cannot be produced due to lack of time, NOTAM clearly marked AIRAC will be issued. Such NOTAM will immediately be followed by an AMDT or SUP.

4.2 The table below indicates AIRAC effective dates for the forthcoming years. AIRAC information will be issued so that the information will be received by the user not later than 28 days before effective date. For major changes AIRAC information will be issued 56 days (or even longer) in advance of the AIRAC effective date.

At AIRAC publication date, a trigger NOTAM will be issued giving a brief description of the contents, effective date and reference number of the AIRAC AIP AMDT or AIRAC AIP SUP that will become effective on that date. Trigger NOTAM will remain in force in the PIB during 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 42 days before the AIRAC effective date concerned.

Schedule of AIRAC effective dates
29 JUL28 JUL26 JUL25 JUL24 JUL
26 AUG25 AUG23 AUG22 AUG21 AUG
23 SEP22 SEP20 SEP19 SEP18 SEP
21 OCT20 OCT18 OCT17 OCT16 OCT
18 NOV17 NOV15 NOV14 NOV13 NOV
16 DEC15 DEC13 DEC12 DEC11 DEC

5 Pre-flight information service at aerodromes/heliports

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

Briefing coverage (AIP and/or NOTAM)
PIB, DocumentationAfrica: Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Uganda
Asia: Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kirghiz, Uzbekistan
Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium & Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom
Eastern Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Middle East: Bahrain, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Pacific Region: Singapore, Korea
PIB, Documentation
Available from central database via local network.
Available from central database via Internet address, Aeronautical Fixed Service (AFS) or fax.

6 Electronic terrain and obstacle data

To be developed.