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South Sudan off limits

13JUL The security situation in Juba, and South Sudan, has deteriorated in the last week, with HSSJ/JUB becoming off limits due to fighting. Read the article.
 
New Zealand airport strike off

13JUL A planned strike by Aviation Security across airports in New Zealand, which would have led to wide scale disruption, has been called off at the last minute. Read the article.

 

WEEKLY OPS Briefing

Wednesday 13th July

  These are new bulletins for this week. "Active Bulletins" from previous weeks are in the full briefing summary further down


BGBW/Narsarsuaq Current hours are Monday to Saturday 1000-1900Z. If you want to plan a visit outside these hours, or even use BGBW as an alternate, get permission from bgbw@mit.gl in advance. There will be additional costs, especially heavy on a Sunday.

SBZZ/Brazil is the latest country to wield the threat of shooting down aircraft. Last month we reported on the same language from Sudan, in reference to overflight permits. Brazil's firm stance is in relation to the Olympic Games, and says that unidentified aircraft that violate the protected airspace around facilities of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "We are not playing," said Defence Minister Raul Jungmann. This is more of concern to a lost C172 than commercial flights (unlike Sudan, which is the reverse), but worth being aware of.

EGPZ/Poland has effectively dispensed with the Schengen agreement for now, expect full border controls at all international airports (ie. Passport check, Gendec). 

EGPZ/Scottish FIR The military are carrying out some GPS jamming trials over the ocean from 12-29JUL. If you're operating in the region of Benbecula VOR, especially west of it, be aware that your GPS might stop working.

OAKX/Kabul Aircraft in the eastern sections of the Kabul FIR can expect some radio issues, as a comm unit (VSAT at Ghanzi) is out of action. The advice from ATC in Afghanistan is to keep trying the assigned frequency until within range of a different transmitter; in the meantime, a bit of SLOP, IFBP and TCAS should keep you out of trouble. See full article.

MKZZ/Jamaica Significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of Dengue fever in Jamaica during the first half of 2016. Dengue fever is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year.

ENZZ/Norway FIR Plans are afoot to raise the transition altitude to 18,000ft. It's an age old question, why does Europe have different TA's, and the US has just one? Together with surrounding countries, and the Irish FAB, this looks to be changing - but it may take a little while. See Norway AIC 7/16.

YBBB/Brisbane FIR (and Melbourne) will be updating their software on the night of 20JUL, with a hefty 6 hour outage of CPDLC and all the other good stuff. 

OAMS/Mazar-E-Sharif Fuel payment is now only accepted in cash.

NZZZ/New Zealand A planned strike by two airport workers' unions and New Zealand's Aviation Security Service (Avsec) will now not go ahead. The unions sought increases in compensation, and negotiations on their demands will take place in the coming weeks. Read the article

EYPH/Paluknys is a new location indicator for the airport in Lithuania.

ZBDS/Edros - Ejin Horo, China will open to foreign flights this month. We did battle with AIP China for 30 mins to get further info but lost the fight. If you know more, tell us and we'll share.

HSZZ/South Sudan The ceasefire announced on 11 July is holding. Juba International Airport (HSSJ/JUB) is open to charter operations; however, commercial flights have yet to resume. U.S. government aircraft evacuated personnel on 12 July; however, a security message issued by the embassy later in the day advised U.S. citizens to continue to shelter in place and not attempt to travel to the airport. Meanwhile, other countries, such as Japan, Uganda, and Germany plan to send military aircraft to evacuate their nationals.

SEZZ/Ecuador A large earthquake (6.4) struck on 10JUL just east of Muisne, on the northwest coast of Ecuador. The quake had a shallow depth and followed 10 minutes after another earthquake that had a magnitude of 5.9. Although strong tremors were reported in Esmeralda and Quito, there were no immediate reports of damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning following the quake.

UZZZ/Mt. Klyuchevskoy, Russia continues to produce ash that extends up to 25,000 feet. Movement is towards the east at 10 knots.

PZZZ/Pacific Two hurricanes to monitor: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Celia, located more than 1000 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, and on Tropical Storm Darby, located several hundred miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. Tropical Storm 05E (Darby) is on a strengthening trend…and may reach category 1 hurricane stage over the open ocean in a couple of days. For now both are expected to remain offshore.

DGZZ/Ghana African Union nationals whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with Ghana are now eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival for business and tourism. The visa-on-arrival program will be piloted for three months starting at Kotoka Airport and will be extended to other ports of entry in the future. Travellers can extend their visa upon expiry in Ghana, and business travellers can apply for a longer-term visa at a Ghanaian consular post.

BIZZ/Iceland ATC Strike continues, primarily affecting BIKF/Keflavik, BIRK/Reykjavik, and BIRD/Reykjavik Oceanic for International Operators. Restrictions on landing, eastbound, and westbound overflying traffic. Read the article

LTBB/Istanbul FIR If you've got some time on your hands, have a look at the Greece-Turkey great NOTAM argument of 2016. This is an almost annual performance, the equivalent of a street argument between two kids.. If you're busy, just skip all of it when they appear on your Pre Flight Briefing for Turkey or Greece (which they will). 

 
 
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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS For the coming week


14JUL Martinique, Reunion - Bastille Day, Iraq - Republic Day, Mongolia - National Holiday, France - Bastille Day, Montenegro - Statehood
15JUL Mongolia - National Holiday
17JUL Lesotho - King's Birthday
18JUL Uruguay - Constitution Day, Japan - Sea Day, Thailand - Extra Holiday
19JUL Nicaragua - The Sandinista Revolution Day, Sri Lanka - Adhi Esala Full Moon Poya Day, Thailand - Asalha Bucha
20JUL Colombia - Independence Day, Botswana - President's Day

  Your Member News 13.07.16


Cynthia, you'll find all the latest news from OPSGROUP below. You'll note that as a member, your bulletin contains full content and special topics. Your email is registered as: cc@fsbureau.org. If you have a question, just email team@opsgroup.co.
 
1. Database

A reminder that all current members can get a free copy of our Airports Database, normally $375 to the public. The database contains almost 6000 Airports worldwide and is free. 

2. Questions

"Question Time" continues. We love getting your questions on International Ops, so email the team if you have a good one. 

3. Input
- We put out a bunch of material each month, mostly in response to member questions and requests.
- What else would you like to see covered - topics, alerts, articles? What’s useful? What’s not?

Let us know!

In addition to this International Bulletin, the full version of which you will receive every Wednesday, you can expect Alerts, Articles, Guides, and emails every week.

Did you miss any of these? You are entitled to all new content free of charge as a member of the group, so check the resource list at the end of this email for your download link - or just email us and we'll send you a copy.


 

  The Lab: What we're building for you ...


Member Feedback: We really value hearing what you think is useful. If anything stands out, let us know - that probably makes it available to you as a tool faster. If you have ideas, let us know - we like building new things! 
 
International Situations

Update: 13JUL  We are experimenting (as always) with a new idea - sending out a couple of interesting international situation reports every so often. Feedback from the group is good, so we will continue. Thoughts? Tell us.
Diversion Planning Map

Update: 13JUL  The planning map is now in Beta version 4.0. It's got some nice features - but it's still in beta, so take a look and let us know what you think. Works best in Chrome, then Firefox, and maybe IE! 
Overflight and Security Map

Update: 08JUN OPSGROUP Live version now active, bookmark and view it.
World Ranking 2016

We published the Quick Reference Guide for the 2016 World Ranking for International Operations in May. There is an Excel File that goes with it, if you need the data. Just email team@opsgroup.co.
Lowdown on Flight Ops to the USA

In celebration of Independence Day, we are sending out a copy of our latest Lowdown - for the USA, together with a Plain English version of the TSA Waiver rules.






 
Airport Reports in the style of: 


This is an OPSGROUP Member tool that we're working hard on behind the scenes, following an inspired suggestion by another member. You will be able to read reviews from other operators to have already been to that new airport you know nothing about. Interested in beta testing? Email the team.
Airports Database

Specially for OPSGROUP, we've stolen the operational database from Flight Service Bureau and are making it available to you. 6,000 commercial airports with decision making information like Airport of Entry Yes/No, Airport Size, Approaches available, Runway Length. Search by ICAO, IATA, Country, Airport Name.


 
International Desk Support

Remember, your OPSGROUP membership includes direct support from the FSB International Desk, at no additional charge. If you have a tough International Ops question - just ask. Your access email is team@opsgroup.co. You'll normally have a reply back within 24 hours, hopefully with the exact information you needed.



Ops Group Member Resources

For the most recent downloads available to you as a member, see the list at the end of this bulletin under "OPSGROUP Resources".

 

Active Bulletins Summary

Your check of critical flight information for each region

We've improved this section recently: it's shorter, with more concise bullet points, and only the critical information you need to know if operating to the region.
Full version restricted to OPSGROUP members
 EUROPE
 NORTH ATLANTIC
LOWW/Vienna has published a helpful list of rush hour periods - worth avoiding these times as holding is common at VIE. The times are: 0530-0750, 0920-1030, 1140-1240, 1340-1500, 1615-1800, and 1840-1940Z.

BIZZ/Iceland Despite recent optimistic reports of a resolution to the ATC dispute in Iceland, the situation remains unresolved. Read the article.

EPZZ/Poland has reinstated Border Controls within the Schengen zone. Best advice is to treat each country as having full Border Controls for the moment (so think Passport, GenDec, etc.)

EGZZ/UK Much has been written about Britain’s departure from Europe this month (and we’re talking Brexit, not football), but if you’re having trouble figuring out how this will affect you as an operator, that might be because it won’t. Read the article.

LGZZ/Greek Islands Now that summer is here in Europe, the annual capacity challenge at Greek Islands is most acute on weekends, expect healthy slot delays if operating to LGIR (Iraklion) LGKP (Karpathos) LGMK (Mikonos) LGZA (Zakinthos) LGSR (Santorini) LGSK (Skiathos) or LGSA (Chania).

EGZZ/Scotland Glasgow ATC - at both EGPK and EGPF - has sporadic closures overnight at present due to staffing issues. Keep an eye on Notams.

LIZZ/Italy We have been notified of possible ATC industrial action on 23JUL which was previously scheduled on 05JUL. Details and participation of relevant ACCs are as follows: National strike (ACCs and airports) 0800-1600 UTC. Local strike at LIRA – Ciampino 0800-1600 UTC.

UIBB/Bratsk has multiple new restrictions of ATC hours, RFF categories, and availability as alternate. Check A1923.

EZZZ/Europe Due to the introduction and continuation of border controls in the European Union, travellers to Denmark, Belgium and other EU countries will need to present travel documents to enter from another Schengen country. Expect delays.
CYFB/Iqaluit Another NAT alternate favourite, CYFB has some runway closures throughout July.

EINN/Shannon and EICK/Cork will be testing a new Remote Tower system from 06JUN until September, where at quieter times the controller in Dublin will provide the ATC service to flights at Shannon and Cork.

BIKF/Keflavik Closures here and in BIRD/Reykjavik Oceanic airspace continue due to ATC Industrial action. Plan all flights to or within Icelandic airspace with caution. Iceland strike continues ... Read Full Article.

BIKF/Keflavik beginning 01MAY, BIKF will be imposing a new Terminal Navigation Charge.

North Atlantic The London Met Office has issued it's North Atlantic tropical storm seasonal forecast for 2016.

BIRD/Iceland Controllers are in a pay dispute with Isavia, leading to multiple strike actions at BIKF/Keflavik and BIRK/Reykjavik, as well as restrictions within the BIRD/Reykjavik Oceanic OACC.

EGGX/Shanwick and Oceanic NAT FIRs - revised definition of Gross Navigation Error, changed from 25nm to 10nm.

North Atlantic Effective 04FEB MNPS Airspace is replaced by HLA/High Level Airspace on the North Atlantic. RNP4 or RNP10 now required. Read our International Ops Notice 01/2016 or our blog post: Did you know MNPS is over?and download the new NAT Planning Chart.

CZQX/Gander FIR / EGXX/Shanwick FIR / North Atlantic Multiple airspace and procedural changes took place 14DEC2015 with RLAT/Reduced Lateral separation in the NAT region. Flight Service Bureau has issued International Ops Notice 11/15 "NAT Track Structure", with a simple summary of the changes.

NAT/North Atlantic To assist Aircraft Operators with the changes on the North Atlantic, we have produced a new Aircraft Plotting Chart effective 03MAR16. A copy is available here. 
EZZZ/Europe Eurocontrol has confirmed the date of 01JAN18 for all aircraft to be 8.33 kHz compliant. Currently 8.33 kHz is required only above FL195 but as of 01JAN18 it will be required below FL195 to the surface. Europe has an ongoing shortage of voice communication frequencies.

UZZZ/Simferopol FIR EASA published an updated SIB 2015/16 regarding the use of Simferopol FIR on 17FEB. This airspace provides routes UL851 and UM856 (Odesa South Sector), which since 17FEB are suggested by EASA for use by overflying traffic.

EZZZ/Europe New Wake Turbulence Categories began a slow introduction in Europe on 22MAR where the current four (Light, Medium, Heavy, Super) will become six: Light, Medium (with Lower and Upper), and Heavy (with Lower, Upper and Super). Read full article.

LTZZ/Turkey. We've been alerted to a change in Overflight Requirements - aircraft with M- and VP- registrations, and any other countries without a bilateral agreement, require an Overflight Permit. See the new Turkey Lowdown for full information.

EZZZ/Europe as of 05APR Eurocontrol as been publishing Target Time information together with Calculated Take-off time (CTOT) in the Slot Allocation and Slot Revisions Messages (SAM and SRM), to show your flights planned time at the congestion point in the air, rather than solely providing the CTOT.

Italy Due to Zika virus, a “Certificate of Residual Disinsection” is now required for all aircraft operating in Italy, and some other countries. Check requirements with handler.

United Kingdom The UK Registered Traveller Service, which is the equivalent of the US Global Entry program, was expanded to include a few more countries: Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Additionally, Bristol and Cardiff will be added to the list of participating airports.


UKZZ/Ukraine Effective 25OCT2015 Russian aircraft will be banned from flying through Ukraine airspace due to current political situation. In return, Ukrainian registered aircraft will be unable to fly through Russian airspace.

UKZZ/Ukraine FIR's There are two distinct areas at issue in the Ukraine. Simferopol FIR is closed to international traffic since 03APR14 due to a dispute between authorities over control. Dnipropetrovsk FIR has had the eastern half closed by the Ukrainian CAA on 18JUL following the shootdown of MAS17. Most operators are avoiding the entire FIR. The remainder of the Ukraine FIR’s are open (L’viv, Kiev, Odessa) with majority of airlines operating through. Heaviest Traffic flows are via G724 (North) and UL852 and UP975 (South).

UMMM/Minsk FIR will accept scheduled flights that avoid Ukraine airspace via Belarus airspace based on FPL. Operators should insert the following note in field 18 of the FPL: (RMK/THIS FLT REROUTED DUE TO AVOID UKRAINE) Other flights operating in Belarus airspace shall be guided by Belarus AIP (GEN 1.2-3).

 


NAT/North Atlantic Phase 2 of the North Atlantic datalink mandate began with Phase 2a on 05FEB2015, at which time flights within the North Atlantic Tracks (NAT) between FL350 and FL390 must be equipped with Fans 1/A controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) and ADS-C systems. The program expands to these altitudes in the entire ICAO NAT region on 07DEC2017, and to all flights in this region above FL290 on 30JAN2020.



 PACIFIC/OCEANIA
 

NZQN/Queenstown open for night traffic but only for airlines that meet CAA approval to operate to very specific RNP procedures. 

YZZZ/Australia A last minute relaxation on 25MAY by CASA has exempted Foreign private operators from having to be RNP2 compliant, ahead of many Navaids being switched off. Eff 26MAY around 180 different VOR’s, NDB’s, and other ground-based Navaids are switched off. All international operators will be required to have GNSS/GPS as primary navigation. Read the article.

NCRG/Rarotonga, Cook Islands has new hours of ATC service, see NOTAM. Raro is an important diversion airport in the South Pacific, especially for Easter Island and Tahiti. ATC is avail with 30 mins PN outside these hours (call +682 25890/71439).

PAZA/Anchorage ARTCC has new procedures and systems in place effective 17DEC15, including 30/30 RNP4 separation, an update to the Track Advisory program for westbound Russian Tracks, and standard routings. Check the current PAZA NOTAMs for complete information.

PGUM/Agana, Guam, PGSN/Saipan, and PKMJ/Majuro have intermittent fuel shortages at present. Confirmation of fuel supply is generally only available within 72 hours of flight.

PKMJ/Majuro Construction is planned at the eastern end of RWY25; authorities have notified expected delays of up to 30mins including airborne holding.
 
 NORTH AMERICA
 SOUTH AMERICA
KZZZ/USA Check your passport! Effective 01APR16, if you're travelling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, you will also need to have a valid e-Passport along with your ESTA.

KZZZ/United States the FAA has updated its list of Critical DME's. When these critical DME's are not available, it results in navigation service which is not sufficient for DME/DME/IRU operations along all or portions of a specific route or procedure. This is mainly an issue for Non-GPS equipped aircraft.

CZZZ/Canada The new Canada Entry Rules - requiring most visitors to have an eTA before departing - came into force on 15MAR; with a caveat. Visa-exempt foreign nationals can enter and exit Canada by air without an Electronic Travel Authorisation until 29SEP2016. Read the full article.

KZZZ/USA The requirement for foreign operators to obtain a TSA Waiver for domestic flights within the US has been dropped, but only for aircraft under 45 tons.

KZZZ/USA Several changes to the rules for the US Visa Waiver program are now in effect, restricting the moment of travellers having visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria in the last 5 years. Read more here.

KZZZ/USA the FAA has provided its NextGEN update for 2016

KZZZ/USA has issued Advisory Circular 00-30C, describes the various types of CAT (Clear Air Turbulence) along with avoidance techniques and future forecast systems for helping Dispatchers and Pilots.

CZVR/Vancouver ACC will begin to use ADS-C on 18APR In their Oceanic sectors, for both alerting service (SAR) and improved ATC separation purposes. 

KZZZ/USA The FAA has now activated 11 of the planned 56 Airports offering CPDLC-DCL. Next up are KTEB/Teterboro and KLAS/Las Vegas on 28MAR.
SECU/Cuenca Following the landing incident on 28APR of an E190, all inbound flights will be reportedly be held if the runway is wet - until end of August.

SEGU/Guayaquil, Ecuador will close its Airport each day from 0615-1025Z due to runway maintenance, on these dates: 29AUG-03SEP, 05-10SEP, 12-14SEP.

SVZZ/Venezuela changed timezones on 01MAY to UTC-4. In addition, all public offices, including public ministries, will only operate on Mondays and Tuesdays until further notice.

SBZZ/Brazil The Canadian government has issued a helpful health notice for crew/passengers planning to travel to Brazil for the upcoming Olympic Games, which has advice on how to contend with the Zika virus.

SKZZ/Colombia is introducing ADS-B, with associated new phraseologies that crew should be aware of. ATC may ask “Notify capacity ADS-B”; response “ADS-B transmitter”, “ADS-B Receiver”, or “Negative ADS-B”. Full AIC.

SBZZ/Brazil Tourists from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States will be eligible to travel to Brazil for the upcoming Olympics without a visa for up to 90 days for visits between 01JUN and 18SEP16.

SEZZ/Ecuador Non-scheduled aircraft can now land without a Landing Permit as long as the aircraft is operating under private ops, will not stay longer than 72 hours in Ecuador, and visits only one location in Ecuador. The official document is here (in Spanish).

SPJC/Lima, Peru Struggling with Airport capacity. A variety of significant restrictions for General Aviation, Non Scheduled, and Cargo flights in effect. Check carefully with your handler or dispatcher as all movements should be co-ordinated at least 24 hrs in advance.
 
 ASIA
 AFRICA

WSZZ/Singapore Qualifying citizens of Singapore are now eligible to apply for US Global Entry membership - and benefit from expedited entry to the United States at designated airports. Similarly, qualified U.S. citizens are eligible for enrolment in Singapore's enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS).

VHHH/Hong Kong The CAD issued a reminder to operators this week that the airport is under strain, and slots issued must be strictly adhered to. It would seem that the Slot Adherence procedure issued earlier in the year isn’t really working. Any local operators have feedback? Let us know.

ZZZZ/China The new 144 hour visa-free rule is extended to Nanjing Lukou Airport of Jiangsu, Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport of Zhejiang, and all air, sea and railway ports of Shanghai, including Pudong Airport, Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Wusong Passenger Transport Center and all railway stations in Shanghai.

VDPP/Cambodia Political tensions are high in Cambodia following contested national elections in 2013. Arrest warrants have been issued for the leaders of the opposition CNRP party and the situation is unpredictable. On 30 May police blocked roads in southern Phnom Penh to prevent opposition CNRP supporters from carrying out a planned protest march. Further disruption is possible if the remaining leader is arrested. The opposition party has announced it will hold mass, non-violent, demonstrations and a number of unions have said they will strike in support.

LLLL/Tel Aviv FIR has updated their security procedures for entering the the LLLL FIR. Please see AIC 2/16

RJTT/Haneda the airport authority has changed the number of slots available for general aviation aircraft. Effective 25APR, slots for GA during the daytime (0600-2259 local) will be increased to 16 total for arrival and departure (from eight in the past). Note that there are no slots restrictions for night time operations (2300-0559 local).

ZBAA/Beijing is not available for Non-Emergency diversions or planned as an alternate due to gate/stand shortage daily from 13-23Z daily until 28OCT16.

RKSS/Gimpo is opened South Korea’s first purpose-built FBO on 01MAY. It includes a passenger terminal with customs and a large hangar that can accommodate up to eight large jets.

ZKPY/Pyongyang FIR Many reports that North Korea is jamming GPS signals, also reported by South Korea. Signals have been reported as unreliable or lost when operating in or near to North Korean airspace. Read our DPRK Overflight Risk article from a few weeks ago.

VIAR/Amritsar has suspended all night operations for 1 year due to the planned reconstruction of the airports runways.

VHHH/Hong Kong is taking a close look at Airlines and AO's that depart outside their allocated slot times. Airport capacity is critical. See of AIC 02/2016 - or Read full article.

VOZZ/India has expanded its e-Tourist Visa (eTV) program to applicants from 37 additional countries. Nationals from a total of 150 countries are now eligible for the program.

OYAA/Aden, Yemen Airport closed and all flights cancelled since 21FEB due to security concerns.

ZZZZ/China Chinese officials stated on 01FEB that they will allow departing flights from Chongqing, Nanchang and Kunming to transit through Taipei (RCTP/TPE).
 

FHSH/St Helena has reportedly delayed the airport opening indefinitely, due to safety concerns - severe turbulence and windshear were commonplace during testing trials by a B737-800.

HSZZ/Sudan has warned it will shoot down any aircraft that infiltrates it’s airspace that has not obtained the proper permission and/or following proper procedures. If you need to transit this airspace please make sure you have all the required documentation.

FNZZ/Angola A yellow fever outbreak has caused 301 deaths so far this year. The number of suspected cases is 2,536. The outbreak began in Luanda and has since spread to areas throughout the country, particularly along the coast and in the central regions, despite a large-scale vaccination program.

HEZZ/Egypt notified operators on 25MAY that GPS jamming is a concern to HECA/Cairo arrivals and overflights, and warned against conducting RNP/RNAV arrivals or approaches. Read the article.

FHSH/St. Helena has received its certification to begin commercial flight operations. However - concerns remain about windshear which is currently delaying acceptance of traffic.

HKZZ/Kenya The U.S filed an advisory with IATA stating that Kenyan airspace is unsafe due to a possibility of extremist or militant activity.

HLLL/Tripoli FIR, Libya. Overflight Risk due MANPADS. Recommended to avoid entire FIR. Airspace entry prohibited for UK, US, French, US Carriers.

GABS/Bamako ACC, Mali. Overflight Risk due surface weapons. FAA A0004/15 recommends FL260 minimum. Highest risk in North near Mopti.

HZZZ/South Sudan UK NOTAM V0049/15 issued for potential risk to aviation from dedicated surface to air weaponry. Operators are strongly advised not to enter the territory and airspace of South Sudan.

HSZZ/South Sudan The UK FCO issued a travel warning 15APR against travel to South Sudan and in particular to Juba.

FMMM/Madagascar CAA have issued a reminder to inbound operators that a Passenger List must be sent 24 hrs prior to departure for Madagascar, by email to gdpx@acm.mg.

DIAP/Cote D’Ivoire has reduced the passenger departure tax by 50% and have also removed the solidarity contribution tax levied on airline tickets.

GABS/Bamako began renovations 01MAR16 to increase the airports capacity. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

FAZZ/Nigeria Fuel shortage ongoing, check with handler. Tankering highly recommended.

HKZZ/Kenya A visa on arrival is now available again at Nairobi, reversing the previous procedure established last year forcing all visitors to obtain one prior to flying. Online visas are still available. http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

HUEC/Entebbe ACC, Uganda. ATC in Uganda is reporting a significant increase in the number of flights entering their airspace without prior coordination from Sudan and Congo (Khartoum and Kinshasa FIRs). Regional ATC in Africa is known to be challenging, but this warning deserves attention. Crews should make all efforts to contact each FIR 10 mins in advance - HF 11300, or relay on 126.9 if unable.
 MIDDLE EAST
 CARIBBEAN
OMAE/Emirates FIR has some updated peak times. Departures need a slot between 0630-0730Z and 1700-0000Z. Arrivals will be spaced 5 mins apart during these times also, as will aircraft entering the OMAE FIR from nearby airports like Muscat, Isa, and Baghdad.

OEZZ/Saudi FIR 02JUN - Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile that was fired from Yemen, after which Saudi aircraft bombarded the missiles platform. A Saudi official stated that the country may reconsider the kingdoms truce with Yemen, as a result of the strike. The missile launch was the second strike in May.

Arabian Peninsula on 11MAY the Centre for Disease Control CDC issued an Alert Level 2 for MERS in the Arabian Peninsula. 

OAxx/Kabul FIR, Afghanistan overflight risk due MANPADS. Germany recommends min FL330, FAA FL260, French FL240.

ORBB/Baghdad FIR, Iraq. Overflight Risk due conflict. Recommended to avoid FIR Entirely. FAA Prohibits US Carriers A0065/14. Most operators avoiding.

OYSC/Sanaa FIR We’ve received input from a number of US Airlines that although Yemeni landmass airspace is prohibited, operations through the OYSC/Sanaa FIR Oceanic portion are available in accordance with FDC5/5575.

HESH/Sharm el-Sheikh remains open but subject to multiple advice notices from international Authorities, after increasing suspicions that a bomb was loaded here onto the A320 which crashed into the Sinai Desert.

OMZZ/United Arab Emirates It has been advised to us, that the new requirement for TCAS 7.1 also applies to the Emirates FIR. All aircraft must be compliant since 01DEC15, or a re-route around UAE airspace will be required. UAE AIP ‘Gen 1.5.6.6 Carriage of ACAS-II’.

OIIX/Tehran FIR Overflight Risk: German DFS Authority recommends overflying the general region of of OITT/Tabriz, OITL/Ardabil, and OIGG/Rasht  at FL260 or higher. A6875/15.

HLLL/Libya FIR All Italian aircraft operators have been prohibited from flying through HLLL FIR. Prior Permission to operate into HL available aerodromes also required from Libyan CAA. A8382/15.

HLLL/Tripoli FIR Additional new southbound route available via RASNO UY751 LOSUL, for those operators using the airspace.

HLLL/Tripoli FIR Libya has issued updated advice regarding airport availability - HLLQ, HLTQ and HLZW are only available for international arrivals, daylight hours only. PPR and Permit is required prior operations.

OZZZ/Middle East Russian military launched 26 missiles on 06OCT15 from 4 ships in the Caspian Sea at targets in Syria, routed through the airspace of Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. We have published International Ops Notice 10/15 as a summary. To obtain a copy, email intl.desk@fsbureau.org.

LTxx/Turkey FIR Please be advised that any Operator flying through the South East part of Turkish Airspace along Iraq/Iran border should check the current NOTAMS published by Turkish Authorities.

OYSC/Sanaa FIR, Yemen Closed to overflights due to fighting; US aircraft specifically prohibited by FAA from overflying by Notam A10/15. Some countries have noted that the overwater portion is safe for use but this is to be carefully assessed by the individual operator.

OSLK/Basel al-Assad closed to civilian traffic effective 13OCT due to Russian military operations in Syria. Flights will be diverted to OSDI/Damascus.
MTZZ/Haiti The State Department has revised the Travel Alert last updated on 11MAR2016 concerning the presidential election period in light of the announcement by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council of a new election calendar with a first round of elections on 09OCT2016 and a second round on 08JAN2017. This Travel Alert expires on 15FEB2017.

Jamaica is now charging a $35 US departure tax for all air passengers. MGZZ/Guatemala Volcano Santa Maria has had some recent high level ash dispersed into the atmosphere up to FL250. The Washington VAAC provides advisories and forecasts.  

MDZZ/Dominican Republic Business visitors and tourists who extend their stays beyond 30 days are now subject to an exit fee.

Zika Virus The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has listed the ZIKA virus as an "Alert Level 2". You can find more details on which countries are specifically affected through the CDC website

MUZZ/Cuba From 27JAN, flight crews of US based aircraft can now remain in Cuba with their aircraft when traveling to the island nation, instead of having to reposition immediately after offloading passengers. 

MKJK/Kingston FIR Jamaica, has ongoing issues with radar coverage and serviceability, leading to ad-hoc flow management procedures including 15 minute en-route separation, and 10 minute arrival separation at international airports. Delays ongoing.

MHTG/Central America FIR reminds operators that a CENAMER notification by AFTN is required for all flights planning to enter the airspace.

MUHA/Havana, Cuba Hotel Capacity in Havana is under severe strain at present. With increased traffic to Cuba, finding a hotel room is now a regular challenge. Some airline crews have had to be accommodated in Varadero instead, as there were no hotel rooms left in the city. Book well in advance, where possible.

TTZP/Piarco ATC has issued a request for operators to include KNYCZZZX when filing plans entering New York Oceanic airspace from the Piarco FIR, or operating east of 58W within the Piarco FIR, in order that New York has details of the aircraft.

MHTG/Central America FIR now has operational CPDLC with logon MHTG. FPL should contain D1 and either J2, J5 or J7 to indicate the type of datalink capability.
 

ARTICLES International Ops

The annual NOTAM battle


Have a look at the Greece-Turkey great NOTAM argument of 2016. This is an almost annual performance, the equivalent of a street argument between two kids.. Read the article


 

Hijack: It's dark and we're scared


Approaching Gander VOR, the crew typed 7500 into the box before coasting out. Around the same time, they sent a routine ACARS message to Dispatch, with a P.S. “It’s dark and we’re scared”. Read the article


 

Oceanic Errors


Over one weekend in April there was one Gross Navigation Error, and two close calls reported on the North Atlantic. Read article.



 

Brazil Airspace changes for Olympics 2016


A number of airspace changes, and specific procedures for aircrew and ATC, have been created for Brazil in advance of the 2016 Olympic Games, which start on 05AUG. Read article.



 

VHHH capacity problems


The Hong Kong CAA has issued a couple of warnings to operators to stick carefully to their allocated slots, but it’s not making much of a difference to operations there. Read the article


 

Berlin's Air Corridors - still alive?


It's a generation ago, and the airway chart landscape is unrecognisable today. For 40 years however, there were only three tiny corridors that allowed a flight into East Germany. Read the article



 

A lesson in emergency handling from Aer Lingus


A 757 departing JFK suffered a hydraulic failure; the subsequent handling of the emergency provides a lesson on professionalism and communication, from an outstanding crew ... Read the article




 

Brexit for Aviation: Meaningless


If the media were to be believed, the impending doom of Brexit - Britain's Exit from the European Union - will change the aviation landscape in the EU for ever. But what if it won't? . Read the article


 

Summer of ATC strikes


European Air Traffic Controllers are striking in a fight against changes emanating from labour reform and the Single European Sky initiative. Read the article


 

US Entry requirements updated


The US has updated entry processing through ESTA (the online visa system for countries using the Visa Waiver Program).Read the article




 

We couldn't find a good Airports Database ... 


So we built one - into what we think is the best database for Ops Controllers, Pilots, Airlines, Software developers, and service providers. Best of all, you will get a free copy if you join OPSGROUP with an Annual Subscription ... Read the article



 

St. Helena - no hope for opening?


It would have made a nice ETOPS alternate, but ... Read the article







 

Sudan "will shoot down" aircraft


We are concerned at the language being used by the respective Sudanese governments. In response to aircraft operating without a landing/overflight permit, Khartoum and Juba have said they will "take decisive action" and "shoot down aircraft".  Read article.


 

New China ADIZ - South China Sea


China is preparing to set up a new ADIZ in the South China Sea.  Read article.





 

Unsafe Airspace - Ops Notice 02/16


Access to reliable information to determine the ever-changing risk level, is by nature of it’s inherent uncertainty, challenging. Today we published International Ops Notice 02/16 - "Unsafe Airspace". Read article.



 

Avoiding the pain of a ramp check


Here’s how a ramp check normally goes down: The flight selected will be the arrival from a gruelling 12 hour jetlag-inducer. As you pull on to the stand, you will notice more yellow vests than normal hanging around. Read article.



 

What is this, 20 questions?


Yep. If you missed the first lot, test your knowledge with this series of International Ops questions! Read article.







 

EASA New rules for 'Suspect Aircraft'


EASA has published new guidelines for inspectors to assess which aircraft should be prioritised for SAFA ramp checks in Europe and SAFA compliant states. Read article.



 

Fake Navigation Fees


It’s a concern: instead of sending your Nav Fees payment to Eurocontrol, you’ve actually sent it to a suburb of Lagos. And you’re not going to get it back. Read article.


 

Overflights without a full Airworthiness Certificate


New deliveries, ferry flights to a new operator, maintenance flights, or positioning to storage, may all have special circumstances that normally result in the aircraft operating with a Special Airworthiness Certificate. Read article.
 

The three sisters: Shanwick's Tango Routes


With the changes in February this year from MNPS to HLA, the normal confusion over what is required to operate on T9, T16, and T213 has increased. Read article.



 

Australia is turning off its Navaids on 26MAY


For International Operators, in short, Australia wants you to navigate with GNSS as your primary means of navigation . Read article.



 

FL200 – or 2,000ft? International differences


The key to this incident in Ireland, just published by the AAIU, is the wording of a departure clearance to a corporate jet departing EIKY/Kerry. Read article.

 

Ferry Flight From Seattle: Boeing 707


This Flight Log is from the Delivery Flight (KSEA/Seattle-EGLL/London Heathrow) of Boeing 707 G-APFN, which took place on 18NOV1960. Read article.



 

Most expensive ATC in Europe?


For an hour’s worth of ATC on the Ocean, it’s 50 bucks. Next up, you’ll talk to Shannon – about $300 an hour in your B737. As soon as you enter London’s airspace – it's $1000 an hour. Read article.

 

IFBP: Belt and Braces for African ATC


ATC in Africa is steadily improving – investment in radar and CPDLC is helping – but vast swathes of airspace remain where ATC, quite simply, is not to be trusted to the same degree as in other parts of the world. Read article.

 

Caution Wake


New rules slowly being introduced in Europe, where the current four (Light, Medium, Heavy, Super) will become six. Read article.


 

Simple Information


Our aim with the weekly International Ops Bulletin that we produce is to take relevant operational news affecting International Flight Operations each week, and simplify it. Read article.

 

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