Published Wednesday 10 August 2016
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EASA: New Cockpit Rules

10AUG EASA has published a new SIB with guidance for operators on, well, how best to arrange the swap of pilot-taking-a-pee and flight-attendant-now-up-front ... Read the article

Ukraine extends Russia ban

10AUG Ukraine has extended the ban on Russian registered operators overflying or landing, until November 10th, 2016. In an operational notice.. Read the article

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Wednesday 10th August

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

UUZZ/The Moscow Area will get busy between 26 Aug and 04 Sep (we're not entirely sure why), but ... The Main Air Traffic Management Centre (MATMC) has issued notice that there will be increased regulation for flights to UUWW, UUDD, and UUEE. Permission to depart will expire 30 mins after planned off blocks time, after which the Operator (that’s you) must call MATMC for a completely new permit.

MWCR/Cayman recorded its first local transmission of the Zika virus on 08AUG. Several other people on the Cayman Islands have reported symptoms of the virus; however, authorities stated that in these cases the patients contracted Zika during travel abroad.

MKJK/Kingston, Jamaica is carrying out work on its Comms lines until the end of the week, and is expecting to lose some Flight Plans. The outage is 0415-1100Z daily. If you are operating to Jamaica, or through the FIR, it’s worth sending your FPL early, and not during that time. Maybe send it a few times to be sure, should minimise delays due to missing FPL’s.

VIZZ/India Independence Day on 15AUG. Multiple restrictions. No overflights within 150nm of Delhi. VIDP/Delhi will not allow non-scheduled flights 0030-0430Z, and 1030-1330Z. Check with your handler for specific restrictions on 15AUG.

LIRA/Rome Ciampino will be completely closed from 14-29OCT for runway maintenance and upgrades. According to CIA, maintenance work will be carried out on a 24/7 basis on parts of runway 15/33, at various junctions and taxiways.

EVVA/Ventspils is closed for the week from today, due to repairs to the main runway. One of the three main airports in Lithuania, it reopens on 15AUG.

GUCY/Gbessia, Guinea Opposition leaders have announced the postponement of opposition demonstrations planned for 10 August until 16 August. Marchers will reportedly demonstrate on the Autoroute Fidèle Castro, between Aéroport International de Gbéssia (GUCY/CKY) and the Palais du Peuple. The demonstration was originally slated to occur on 4 August but was later postponed until 10 August.

WIZZ/Indonesia Travel advice updated: Political tensions have given rise to occasional mass demonstrations in cities in Papua; take extra care and seek local advice on your travel plans.

SOCA/Cayenne FIR has broken it’s SITA system and has no CPDLC or ADS-C until, they think, at least 14AUG. Revert to HF and use 8855/5526; failing that try 3023.

RJZZ/Japan On August 8th, Japanese military officials placed the country’s armed forces on alert for the potential of a North Korean missile launch. According to an official statement, the Japanese military will be ready to strike any North Korean missile that threatens Japan. Because some North Korean missile tests are difficult to detect, the current state of alert will last for three months. Previously, Japanese defense officials issued a series of temporary orders in response to imminent North Korean missile launches.

LWKS/Skopje Flooding on 6 to 7 August 2016 in Skopje and neighbouring areas has resulted in over 20 deaths. Some roads, including part of the Skopje ring-road, are closed. Alternative routes are available, but traffic may be slow moving. You should travel with extreme care.

LTZZ/Turkey Per new dictat from the DGAC in Turkey, all Ambulance flights entering Turkish airspace are to report “ACTIVE AMBULANCE FLIGHT” on first contact with Turkish ATC.

DIZZ/Cote D’Ivoire Effective 15SEP2016 Ivory Coast will withdraw the following HF frequencies: BOUAKE 5710KHz, 1578KHz; DALOA 5701KHz, KHOROGO 6673KHz; Man 5710.5 KHz; ODIENNE 6673 KHz; SAN PEDRO 6012KHz

EDDV/Hannover has special runway configurations on August 14th due to (yet another) bomb from WW2 being removed. Between 1100-1400Z all approaches to 27L/09R are suspended.

VVZZ/Hanoi ACC reports that a lot of flights operating through the Hanoi ACC area of responsibility have not been submitting flight plan messages to VVHNZRZX or VVHNZQZX. In order to avoid missing / delay of FPL messages, copy these AFTN addresses when submitting your FPL's.

EGZZ/United Kingdom 8AUG Rail staff in southern England, including London, began a five-day strike, which will reduce rail services by 40 percent. Travellers should expect major delays and large-scale traffic disruptions

BGSF/Kangerlussuaq Daily Closures between 09AUG and 30AUG for runway work. Double check NOTAMR A0295/16 for complete list of timings. Only Medivac, Search and Rescue and PPR confirmed operations allowed.

KTEB/Teterboro Landing Fees here are to increase by about 25% on September 1st. Comments regarding the fee changes can be submitted to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and must be received by 10AUG2016. 

Measles Myanmar/Taiwan On August 6th health officials confirmed a measles outbreak in the Sagaing region, a mountainous area located in northern Myanmar, bordering eastern India. We have also received report from Taiwanese health officials confirming a link between two cases of measles and Taipei’s Songshan International Airport (RCSS/TSA). The two cases, which were first detected on 15JUL, involved an airline ground crew worker and a passenger who traveled to the airport. 

SECU/Cuenca, Ecuador Operations at Cuenca airport will be suspended from mid-August 2016 for 3 weeks to 1 month due to the need for additional runway works. 

OMDB/United Arab Emirates On 04AUG both runways at Dubai International Airport (OMDB/DXB) resumed full operations following the 03AUG 777 accident. Expect delays and some cancellations as the airport is still struggling to catch up.

UTZZ/Turkmenistan and UAZZ/Kazakhstan On 04AUG Turkmenistan temporarily closed its border with Kazakhstan, citing security concerns. Officials stated that the closure will last for five days. Turkmenistan instituted a similar border closing on 20JUL. Authorities did not release details on the purported security concerns that prompted 04AUG closure.

UZZZ/Russia 03AUG Polish officials stated that they did not have a specific date to reopen visa-free border traffic between Poland and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Security concerns associated with the NATO Summit and Roman Catholic Church’s World Youth Day led officials to temporarily restart border checks at Poland’s borders. Residents of border areas, however, will be able to travel across the border for cultural, social or family reasons.

UNKL/Yemelyanovo Runway11/29 is closed for all types of aircraft THU 0600-0700, WED FRI 0610-0710, MON TUE SAT SUN 0500-0700, 01SEP until 29OCT

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS For the coming week

11AUG Japan - Mountain Day, Chad - Independence Day
12AUG Thailand - Queen's Birthday
13AUG Central Africa - Independence Day, Tunisia - Women's and Family Day
14AUG Pakistan - Independence Day, Holy See - Vigil of Assumption Day, Morocco - Anniversary of the Recovery Oued Ed-Dahab
15AUG Costa Rica - Mother's Day, Martinique, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Cyprus, Lebanon, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Holy See, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo - Assumption of Mary, Argentina, Romania - San Martin Day, Paraguay - Founding of Asuncion, India, Congo - Independence Day, South Korea - Liberation Day, Liechtenstein - National Day, Equatorial Guinea - Constitution Day
16AUG Dominican Republic - Restoration Day, Gabon - Independence Day
17AUG Indonesia, Gabon - Independence Day, Sri Lanka - Nikini Full Moon Poya Day



Active Bulletins Summary

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LFPZ/Paris Airports Couple of upgrades in progress, LFPO has 06/24 closed until 29AUG, and LFPG is installing a new ILS until 03OCT; both will cause some delays.

LOWS/Salzburg starts a multilateration (MLAT) trial on 05SEP. Keep your Mode S on, they ask.

UIII/Irkutstk has no air starter available for large aircraft until the end of August.Irkutsk is a common enroute diversion airport.

LTBA/Istanbul has issued a long list of restrictions to discourage additional flights from operating to LTBA. New requests for charter flights are denied. LTBA cannot be carried as an alternate on your FPL.

ESSA/Stockholm has a CDM Trial (Slot control locally instead of via Eurocontrol) at present. Start up according to TSAT+5. The current list of CDM airports is: Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan Malpensa Munich, Paris CDG, Oslo, Rome Fiumicino, Stuttgart, Venice, and Zurich.

LBPD/Plovdiv has fuel issues. If you need a large uplift, contact them in advance to confirm availability: operations@plovdivairport.com, or SITA PDVAPXH.

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.

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).
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.

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 beginning 01MAY, BIKF is imposing a new Terminal Navigation Charge.

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.

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ARTICLES International Ops

Minimum Cockpit Occupancy

EASA has published a new Safety Information Bulletin with recommendations on Minimum Cockpit Occupancy... Read the article.


Ukraine ban on Russian flights extended

Ukraine has extended the ban on Russian registered operators until November 10th, 2016...Read the article.


Turkish airspace: Air Ambulance Flights

The Turkish DGCA has issued a notice relevant to Air Ambulance Operators...Read the article.


Heading to St Kitts? 

An unfortunate naming conflict has been discovered by ATC Authorities in the Caribbean...Read the article.


Fake ASECNA Fees

Be aware of a new take on fake invoices. Read the article.


US Customs and TSA fines increased

Be careful when you're filing your eAPIS, is the message. Read the article.


Typhoon Nida - or is it the end of the World?

With forecast average winds of around 40 knots (that’s a wet Wednesday in Ireland), and maximum maybe 70 knots – the impending doom depicted in the graphic seems overstated  Read the article.


Iceland ATC Strike Over

At last! ... Read the article


Brazil Olympics - Ops Update

From 19JUL - 23SEP, there are a ton of airspace restrictions, slot controlled airports, and changes.. Read the article


What are Hajj Routes?

Every year, millions of pilgrims travel to Mecca and other sites in Saudi Arabia - and this changes the predominant traffic flow over the African continent. Read the article


The Turkish Coup

The FAA initially banned all US airlines, commercial operators, and pilots from flying into Turkey until the 1st of September ... and then didn't.  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


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


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.


Comms problems in Kabul FIR

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... Read the article


South Sudan off limits

The security situation in Juba, and South Sudan, has deteriorated in the last week, with HSSJ/JUB becoming off limits due to fighting. The ceasefire announced on 11 July is holding; Juba International Airport (HSSJ/JUB) is open to charter operations... 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.


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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