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Published Wednesday 25 January 2017
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Germany issues new warnings

25JAN Germany has issued fresh warnings on the airspace of EgyptSouth Sudan, and North Korea, in three separate Notams issued in the last week. We have updated the country information pages with the specifics. Read the article

Manila may not ban GA after all

25JAN RPLL/Manila is not moving as quickly towards a complete ban of non-scheduled and General Aviation traffic as feared. This is good news for International Operators. Read the article.

 International Ops Briefing   Wednesday 25th January

This weeks changes. Published by Flight Service Bureau for OPSGROUP covering Airports, Airspace, ATC, Weather, Safety, Threats, Procedures, Visas. Active Bulletins from previous weeks are in the full briefing summary further down. 

HEZZ/Egypt, HSZZ/South Sudan, ZKZZ/North Korea Germany has issued fresh warnings on the airspace of EgyptSouth Sudan, and North Korea, in three separate Notams issued in the last week. We have updated the country information pages with the specifics.

RPLL/Manila is not moving as quickly towards a complete ban of non-scheduled and General Aviation traffic as feared. This is good news for International Operators. Read the article.

NTAA/Tahiti The airport is open again as of Monday morning local time, after closing due to flooding after torrential rains, but many taxiways remain flooded. Expect delays in handling and tech stops.

KZZZ/USA Announced yesterday and expected to come into force this week, is an immediate ban on US visas (and therefore US travel) for citizens from 7 countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. This is distinct from the Visa Waiver Program ban in effect since January 2016. 

GBZZ/Gambia FSB Risk Level changed from Level Three to “No Warnings” on Jan 24. New president has taken power. Parliament revoked State of Emergency. Situation calm.

SBZZ/Brazil In the last bulletin we had a headline about a Boeing 767 shot on approach in Brazil. A bullet was found lodged in the wing. Some updates to that story are here, and's Brazil page is updated.

VZZZ/Southeast Asia Don't forget it's New Year in Asia this weekend. Travel-related delays and government office and business interruptions will peak 27 Jan to 01 Feb, and could last longer in Taiwan, Vietnam and China, where the holiday will be celebrated through 02 Feb.

EDDB/Berlin Brandenburg will now not open until 2018, as they found more problems with the fire system this week. This is a recurring story, which dates back to 2012. So, for the foreseeable, you’re stuck with Tegel and Schoenefeld.

LTFJ/Sabiha Gökçen (Istanbul) Due to insufficient capacity at LTFJ, applications for individual non-scheduled flights will be refused, and private/charter flights can only be operated at “non-busy hours”.

KBPI/Palm Beach is going to see some new TFR restrictions due to the proximity of Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago estate. If operating when he's down here, you'll have to depart from a gateway airport to PBI - those are TEB, HPN, IAD, MCO and FLL. NBAA has the details.

LSGG/Geneva EBACE is on from Monday, 22 May through Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Now would be a good time to get those slots booked if you’re planning to head over. 

LFMN/Nice has a new procedure where ATC will alert crews to windshear. 

MSLP/San Salvador's only runway 07/25 will be closed from 1600-1700 each day until Feb 3rd.

VGHS/Dhaka The UK Department for Transport (DfT) announced today that it recently carried out assessments of security at Dhaka International Airport. Following this, the DfT has assessed that security at Dhaka airport does not meet some international security requirements (they haven't said which). 

OMAD/Abu Dhabi (Al Bateen) is hosting the International Defence Exhibition in February, so will not be available to IFR traffic daily between 0600-0800Z until Feb 23rd. There are also restrictions on using it as an alternate.

DNAA/Abuja The latest on the Abuja closure is that it will be completely closed to all traffic from March 8th - April 19th.

SKCG/Cartagena's only runway 01/19 is closed daily 0530-1100Z until Feb 6th.

NVZZ/Vanuatu Health authorities have declared a dengue outbreak following a large increase in suspected cases in December 2016 and January 2017. Protect yourself against mosquito bites

WSZZ/Singapore is implementing the new ICAO SID/STAR phraseologies from March 2nd. Read AIP SUP 29/17.

LIRF/Rome Fiumicino is working on 16R until March, so 25 will be used for deps and 16L for arrivals. This means delays, especially if you want 16L/34R for departure - they say up to a 60 minute taxi time.
UKZZ/Ukraine amended the military boundaries of its airspace on Monday Jan 23rd, identifying the Donbas conflict zone region as a separate area. More details here.
#this bulletin Scroll down a little and you'll see that we have updated the regional briefing notes to now include all current warnings from our site, and a summary for each - preceded by  AIRSPACE WARNING.
#safeairspace You can download the new PDF Summary of all warnings here - current since 20JAN2017.
#opsgroup  We'll be reopening membership for a period later in January, we look forward to you joining us! Make sure you are on the waitlist.
#contact us  Did we miss something? You tell us.


 OpsGroup Updates 

Wednesday 25th January

We'll keep you posted on the latest Group stuff here

OpsGroup 2017. You may have been at FL450 over the Svalbard's when we sent out the mail but we’re asking each member to decide what 2017 looks like. Yours is here Cynthia.

So far, you've told us a couple of important things that you want - the clear winner is one single website, to collect everything that OpsGroup is/has/does in one place. We're on it. We know things are a little scattered at the moment - that's our fault for building too much stuff last year :). Don't forget, there is a Control Panel at the bottom of this email with everything in one place for now.

Then, more stuff to build, here's what you've said:

If you didn't mark your favourites yet, do it now.

Some more updates:

Slack A few of you asked, "What is slack, exactly". It's a messaging app, a bit like What's App or Messenger, but better. Our team hangs out there, and will answer Ops questions - or you can get an answer from the other 350 or so members that are also using it so far. Try it! Login here, using the same email address as you received this mail at. If that doesn't work, email us and we'll send you an invite. You can download the app on your iphone/android, and there's one for your laptop too.

International Desk Questions We're here around the clock to answer your International Ops Questions - that's part of what you're paying for as a member. Make it a tough one. We like to be tested. You can reach us with a DM on slack or email

Email updates We'll try and consolidate more of the OpsGroup email traffic into this bulletin. So, you'll get a little more in the Wednesday International Ops Bulletin and a little less on the other days. That seems to be a preference amongst the group. We'll continue to send out the occasional alerts, but things like Members Questions will now appear here.

New members are coming soon. As you know, we've been 'closed' since November, because we wanted to make sure you guys and girls are all happy. Seems you are (If we missed anyone/anything, just email us). Once we start taking on new members again, we'll have an even bigger pool of expertise.

Aireport This is where you can find what other operators have said about that new airport you're unfamiliar with. We'll build this into the new website (see above), but for now it's here.

Oh, and a big THANK YOU to everyone that completed the survey so far. We got some lovely comments, great support, and great ideas. What a group of people! Thanks everyone.

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   Members Questions 

Here's some that we answered this week, that are worth sharing with the group:

Q1 When planning a flight and my filed alternate airport is in another country: Do I need to have a permit for it, if it's a country that requires one?

We said: You might get away without one if you've forgotten, but for most permit-loving countries, you won't. In an emergency, things are different - you'll likely get an exception - but for a standard diversion, yes, you definitely need a permit.

Q2 Even though I am flying Part 91 across the Pacific and don't legally require ETOPS alternates, the company ops manual requires them within 180mins. How are people providing these when most of the airports are not 24 hr airports and possibly closed at the times needed? Do they have a call out setup with them?

We said:  I'm sure a few operators share that issue. If you need ETOPS 180 alternates (does the manual say "shall" or "should" ?), then you're essentially in the same boat as the twin-engined airlines operating the same routes. There will be a well-beaten-path on certain routes, eg. KLAX-NZAA that can be flown ETOPS180 with a number of airports that may appear to be closed at times but will accept emergency diversions. 

Your turn. Email or slack us a question.

 Shoutouts to the international ops community 

New feature on test! This bulletin has a direct readership of 27,000 - and we estimate reaches 40,000 Pilots, Dispatchers, Managers, ATCOs and Ops Staff. So, if you have a message for "International Ops", this is how to get it out there. Welcome to Shoutouts!

 A   FSB: We are interested in hearing about your GPS failures - usually due to jamming. RPLL is the worst offender of 2016. We know about North Korea, Turkey, Iran. Where else have you seen the GPS fall out?  
 B   Do you work for ATC, CAA, or an agency? Read on below ...
 C   Want to get a message out to the International Ops community? Email us and we'll get it in to the next bulletin. 

Can you help? Answers to - we will send you a lovely thank you note :) 

From OpsGroup: We want some representatives from ATC, CAA's, Regulatory Authorities to join our slack group. You get to talk to the crews and operators directly, and they get to ask you the occasional question. So, in slack we have @G450operator and @air-france-ops on one side, and on the other - @shannon-atc, @icao, @brusselsflow, @russia-atc. 

Do you want to join the group and informally represent your organisation? Mail us with the subject "slack rep" and we'll tell you some more.



 Headlines from recent weeks 

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 From our International Ops Blog 

Sorry, you gotta go to Seletar ...

Singapore Ops: WSSL Doesn’t look quite as fantastic as Changi, does it? The good news is that at Seletar there is much less congestion, no parking time limits, and much lower handling costs. Read the article.


The hidden costs of operating to China 

If you receive a big bill post-flight from a company called Tong Da Air Service, unfortunately it’s not a scam!  Read the article.


Mass Excitement as Dangerous Goods Regulations are updated

Just kidding, they're still boring. But they were updated on January 1st, so if the DG test fires you up, check out these changes!  Read the article.


Climb via, Descend via ...

New SID/STAR phraseologies slow to gain acceptance: here’s the problem. Doc 4444 is the master document, but each country has to implement the changes. And many are not – because they haven’t had time to train the controllers, or because they haven’t done a safety case, or … other reasons.!  Read the article.




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 International Public Holidays for the coming week 

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29JAN Nepal - Martyr’s Memorial Day
30JAN Dominican Republic - Duarte’s Day
31JAN Nauru - Independence Day 


 Active Bulletins Summary 

Your check of critical flight information for each region
Valid: Wednesday 25th January

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. Each week we'll move the significant news items into this section.

Full version available to OPSGROUP members
EGPH/Edinburgh Until Apr 1st, you will need PPR to operate to Edinburgh, due to reduced parking capacity.

EZZZ/Europe The deadline for retrofit for TCAS 7.1 was January 1st. From now on, you can't go to Europe unless you have it. Read more at Eurocontrol, Skybrary, and the FAA.

LLLL/Tel Aviv FIR If you’re entering the FIR on airway UL550 or R560 via NALSO, make sure you include AFTN addresses LLSCZRZX and LLBGYDYX when filing your flight plan. Failure to do so might cause holding and delays prior to clearing the flight into the FIR.

 2016  LTZZ/Turkey Also, we've had reports of GPS intermittent dropouts in the Ankara and Istanbul FIRs, which might not be overly surprising given the proximity to Syria and Iraq. Let us know if this has affected you.

 2016  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. 

 2016  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.

 2016  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.

UKZZ/Ukraine  AIRSPACE WARNING  There are two risk issues in Ukraine. First: arms fire. Including MH17, multiple aircraft (the others all military) have been shot down since the beginning of the Donbass region war in 2014. The 10th ceasefire was declared in December 2016, but not holding. This risk is contained within the Dnipropetrovsk FIR – UKDV. The second issue affects the Simferopol FIR which is Disputed Airspace. (Ukraine:UKFV, Russia:URFV). In March 2014, Russia annexed Crimea. The ATC Center is in Simferopol, Crimea, and is now run by Krymaeronavigatsiya. Russia claims the airspace. Ukraine refuses to recognise the change, and asks crews to talk to Ukrainian controllers in Dnipro/Odesa ACC instead of Simferopol ACC. Four routes are approved by EASA through the high seas portion of the airspace. Check current status.

LTZZ/Turkey AIRSPACE WARNING Throughout 2016, there have been reports of GPS signal interference in Turkish airspace. Operations to LTAJ/Gaziantep should be carefully reviewed – proximate to Syrian border. Check current status.

 2016  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 in advance. There will be additional costs, especially heavy on a Sunday.

 2016  EGGX/Shanwick and Oceanic NAT FIRs - revised definition of Gross Navigation Error, changed from 25nm to 10nm. 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.

 2016  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 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.


YZZZ/Australia The next deadline in the Australian ADS-B mandate is February 2nd. After that, all IFR aircraft must have ADS-B except for foreign aircraft that are happy to operate below FL290 - read the article.

 2016  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.

KIAH/Houston (and other Houston airports) will be busy during Superbowl LI - on which takes place on Sunday, Feb 5th at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. Game time will be at 5:30 p.m. CST. Check this useful summary from the NBAA.

 2016  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.

 2016  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 09NOV16. Read the full article.

 2016  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.

 2016  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.
SPQU/Arequipa, Peru is limiting parking to 2 hours for non-scheduled flights, and can't accept overnighters.

 2016  SOCA/Cayenne, French Guyana has staff shortages, and from September 1st will not accept any diversions unless in an emergency. Do not plan SOCA as an enroute alternate. If inbound, with an ETA for SOCA 0200-1100Z, you need to call for an arrival slot. If you need it, ATC phone is +594 594 35 9372 or 9302.

 2016  SPZO/Cuzco, Peru is busy at the moment; non-scheduled and GA flights cannot park overnight, and there are Traffic Management procedures inbound. Don't forget if operating to Cuzco that special crew training is required.

 2016  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.

UHPP/Petropavlovsk is not available as an alternate to foreign aircraft between 0800-2000z, although the airport will remain available for emergency landings H24.

VHHH/Hong Kong Double check that you’re: not filing more than two alternates, filing the right route into Hong Kong (check AIP ENR 1.10), and don’t put in STARS in the FPL. Then, send it to the right place - there are two AFTN addresses: VHHKZQZX for arrivals and overflights, and VHHHFPLM.

VIDP/Delhi Two of the airport’s three runways will have multiple closures during January for maintenance work at various different times each day. Expect delays, and be sure to check the NOTAMs carefully prior to ops.

 2016  VHHH/Hong Kong Ongoing issues with lack of slots, and difficult procedures to arrange non-scheduled flights. Consider yourself lucky if you get to line up the schedule you want. Airport capacity is critical. See of AIC 02/2016 - or Read full article.

Iran AIRSPACE WARNING Iran is geographically involved in the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq. In Oct 2015, several Russian missiles crossed the Tehran FIR and several busy international routes. Check current status.

Afghanistan AIRSPACE WARNING There is an ongoing War in Afghanistan, which since NATO’s withdrawal in December 2014, has been fought between the state and several factions. Diversion/Landing to Afghanistan – don’t. Nowhere is safe. Overflight advice averages out at a minimum FL250, though as with other mountainous countries we think FL320 is a better starting point. There are comms issues in the Kabul FIR – long periods without ATC contact is possible. Monitor TCAS and Air-to-Air channels. Check current status.

Pakistan AIRSPACE WARNING Couple of issues: War in Northwest Pakistan, and concentration of terrorist group representation in the country. The consensus among foreign authorities is to cross the OPLR/Lahore and OPKR/Karachi FIR’s at higher flight levels. Diversion/Landing in Pakistan is recommended against. Above all avoid Peshawar, Quetta. OPKC/Karachi Airport was attacked in 2014. Recent bombing in Lahore. Check current status.

North Korea AIRSPACE WARNING The level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice. Multiple missile launches in 2016, increasingly without prior notice to ICAO. The range of these has increased – previously safe airways B467 and G711 are now at risk. Over 1000 reports of GPS jamming issues reported by operators in the vicinity of the North/South Korean border. SFAR79 prevents US operators from operating west of 132E, other Authorities restrict operations east of that line. Check current status.

FZZZ/Democratic Republic of the Congo: The security situation remains unpredictable in the DRC, despite a political agreement reached on December 31 2016. Large-scale demonstrations could occur at any time and lead to violence in Kinshasa and other large cities. During demonstrations, the only road to the N’Djili Airport in Kinshasa may be blocked and flight schedules may be disrupted.

 2016  HAZZ/Ethiopia The Ethiopian government has declared a six month State of Emergency from 9 October 2016. Measures to restrict communication, movement and political expression are expected.

 2016  HECA/Cairo GPS Jamming still occurring at Cairo Airport, RNAV approaches should not be planned. Read the article.

 2016  DNZZ/Nigeria Several Nigerian commercial carriers have issued notice that the worsening shortage of Jet A1 fuel in Nigeria could lead to a grounding of all flights. International Operators are being advised to tanker wherever possible.

Egypt AIRSPACE WARNING Since the Arab Spring, Egypt’s stability and security situation as a state has declined. In October 2015 a Russian A321 was brought down over the Sinai peninsula by a bomb loaded at HESH/Sharm El Sheikh. In the aftermath, it was initially feared that a missile had caused the crash. Multiple warnings still in place from that fear. 19 May 2016 EgyptAir Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared over the Mediterranean, cause unknown. GPS jamming reported at HECA/Cairo several times in 2016. High threat from terrorism in Egypt. Further attacks are likely. Not recommended as a tech stop.. Check current status.

Sudan AIRSPACE WARNING One current warning, from France. See South Sudan for more warnings. Check current status.

Mali AIRSPACE WARNING Northern Mali conflict ongoing. Situation unstable. 2015 Radisson Blu hotel attack which killed several aircrew overnighting in Bamako. Considered as the deadliest place to serve in the UN. A US warning exists. Potential for attacks throughout the country, including in Bamako, remains high. Avoid if at all possible. Check current status.

South Sudan AIRSPACE WARNING Conflict Zone. South Sudanese Civil War since 2013. The security situation in Juba has been relatively calm since the July 2016 crisis. Daily reports of fighting throughout the rest of the country. The security situation is especially unstable in the Equatorias in the south. MANPADS risk to overflights. In addition, the South Sudanese army has declared intention to shoot down Aircraft without permits. Most Authority guidance recommends min FL260. We think FL300 is a better minimum for overflights. Check current status.

Libya and Somalia AIRSPACE WARNING We strongly recommend avoiding this airspace entirely. All countries have multiple warnings, and your country of registry is likely to have issued specific instructions not to penetrate these airspaces. Each of the main information providers for Conflict Zone information – the US, UK, Germany, and France – has strong wording recommending avoiding landing or overflight. We do not list specific NOTAM, AIC, AIP or Notice references for these countries, because the guidance is very clear and the only updates are refreshing existing warnings.. Check current status.
OEDF/Dammam has asked not to be used as an alternate through February, due to limited parking availability.

OSZZ/Syria On 6th Jan reports emerged that a military aircraft took off from Aleppo International Airport (OSAP/ALP) for the first time since 2013. Reports indicate that the flight was a test of the facility prior to opening the airport to civilian traffic. The airport could reopen as early as February 2017; however it is unclear if it will open for full civilian traffic.

 2016  OMZZ/United Arab Emirates 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 Carriage of ACAS-II’.

 2016  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

Saudi Arabia AIRSPACE WARNING Due to military activity related to the involvement in Yemen, it’s suggested to avoid the southwestern region of the Jeddah FIRs. Check current status.

Iraq/Syria/Yemen AIRSPACE WARNING We strongly recommend avoiding this airspace entirely. All countries have multiple warnings, and your country of registry is likely to have issued specific instructions not to penetrate these airspaces. Each of the main information providers for Conflict Zone information – the US, UK, Germany, and France – has strong wording recommending avoiding landing or overflight. We do not list specific NOTAM, AIC, AIP or Notice references for these countries, because the guidance is very clear and the only updates are refreshing existing warnings.. Check current status.

 2016   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

 2016  MHTG/Central America FIR reminds operators that a CENAMER notification by AFTN is required for all flights planning to enter the airspace.

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January News:
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 International Ops Articles 

NAT Changes in the last 12 months

There have been quite a few changes and these are the most important ones. Read the article.


International Ops Bulletin

If you're enjoying reading this bulletin, then how do you make sure you get a copy every week? Read the article.


Aireport now online

OPSGROUP has built a member review site for Handlers, ATC, and Airports - 2000 reports already online. Read the article.


What is OPSGROUP, exactly?

Well, we’re not exactly sure yet. The question mark may well be part of the name, because to us it represents both a lack of constraints and limitless possibility. A beginners mind? 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


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.


Oceanic Errors

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


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


What is this, 20 questions?

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

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.


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The Flight Service Bureau works to improve access to pertinent flight information and resources for Aircraft Operators (AO's), with an emphasis on International Flight Operations. Individual Services are available through a network of Flight Service stations worldwide. 

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Intl Desk Phone +1 747 200 1993