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Sinai Airspace avoided

02NOV HECC/Cairo has requested that traffic through PASOS point on the boundary with LCCC/Nicosia FIR be rerouted, effectively closing airway UL550 and the Sinai peninsula. Shown on radar image above, most traffic is avoiding the area that an A321 crashed in on Saturday. No definite link is being made but Authorities and Operators are naturally cautious.

 
Low Vis creates day of chaos
 
02NOV Conditions perfect for fog across the UK and western Europe are causing widespread delays this morning. Unusually, almost all airports from EGCC/Manchester to EDDF/Frankfurt are affected by the same conditions, with many airports down to 100 metres vis. Most not accepting diversions. See below for further.

 
This Bulletin is compiled from reports by International Flight Crews, Dispatchers, and Airline Operations. Got something to share? bulletin@fsbureau.org

MONDAY OPERATIONS Briefing

EXXX/Europe High delays in most Airports in a square containing EGCC/Manchester, EBBR/Brussels, EDDF/Frankfurt, and EDDH/Hamburg. Total of approx 120,000 slot delay minutes in Eurocontrol system. Other high delay airports include EHAM, EGLL, EGKK, EGSS. Check NOTAMs as most are not accepting diversions either. Fog forecast to be similar again overnight.

VTBB/Bangkok FIR A minimum departure interval of 4-8 minutes between same direction departures is in force from 30OCT for aircraft departing VTCC VTCT VTUU VTUD VTSP VTSG VTSF VTSB VTSM AND VTSS. Delays during peak hours are expected.

UUBC/Grabtsevo New Russian Airport now fully operational with 2200m runway (12/30) and able to accommodate international traffic up to A320/737 size.

UHSS/Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, a common Polar alternate, is closed due runway repairs 1200-2100Z until 01DEC and therefore not available as ALTN for Flight Planning.

NTTA/Tahiti will be without radar on 03NOV after 1800Z. As with all radar outages there is potential for delays and restrictions.

KXXX/USA Runway current closures: BWI-RWY 10/28, SEA-RWY 16C/34C, LAS-RWY 7L-25R.

KSFO/San Francisco will close Taxiway Q and B on 07/08NOV to resolve a pavement issue. This will create a one-in-one-out restriction for aircraft taxiing to and from all gates west of Taxiway Q1. Specifically, this will affect United Airlines, SFOs largest customer, as a majority of its gates are west of Q1. Additionally, the proximity of the closure area to Taxiway B1 will render B1 unusable due to insufficient wing tip and jet blast clearance with the construction area. The loss of Taxiway B1 means that access to the end-around Taxiway Z will be unavailable.

HKXX/Kenya No longer possible to obtain a visa on arrival for passengers. Must now be arranged prior to arrival online at https://account.ecitizen.go.ke/register.

SOOO/Cayenne FIR, South Atlantic - Aircraft not FANS 1A equipped, east of 50W in the Cayenne FIR, can now expect a maximum level of FL310 westbound.

EXXX/Europe The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is providing a new tool to calculate Passenger Taxes payable in EU countries. The “PaxTax” tool calculates the total passenger tax for the flight, and breaks down the cost for both departure and arrival for the respective national taxing authorities.

YBBN/Brisbane New $45m international terminal opened 28OCT after 18 months of construction. The facility can handle 7.5m pax annually.

VNxx/NEPAL Fuel supply update: China will supply fuel to Nepal for the first time ever, in response to a dire fuel shortage caused by disrupted supply lines with India. China will supply 1.3 million liters of gasoline, which will be transported to Kathmandu from the border via 100 tanker trucks. Please continue to check local NOTAMs for fuel availability.

DNxx/Nigeria FIR Widespread reports of a strike forcing the closure of Nigeria's airspace have been deemed unreliable, per the Nigerian CAA. There is unrest and occasional industrial action, but no risk of airspace being closed.

Timezone Changes As DST ends in the Northern Hemisphere, series of clock changes completed on 01NOV as US ended Daylight Savings. Most of Europe completed theirs on 25OCT. Most northern countries are now on Standard Time.

NAT Track Structure Changes

On 12 NOV 15 significant changes will occur to the design and structure of North Atlantic Tracks (NAT OTS), which have existed in their current lateral structure since the OTS introduction in 1965.

The key changes are: a reduction in separation to ‘half-track’ compared to the existing structure, introduction of 24 new Oceanic Entry Points (OEP’s), and some procedural changes. These will affect all operators on the North Atlantic.

We have produced International Ops Notice 11/15 to summarise these changes in plain language. If you would like a copy, email intl.desk@fsbureau.org, or click here. We'll also send you the new plotting chart in PDF form.
To assist Aircraft Operators with the changes on the North Atlantic, we have produced a new Aircraft Plotting Chart effective 12NOV15 showing the new Oceanic Entry Points, airspace entry requirements, suitable diversion airports with handling and fuel pricing, and some dispatcher tools like available levels, NAT FPL codes, FPL filing addresses, and FIR codes. To obtain a free copy click here or email intl.desk@fsbureau.org.

World WEATHER SNAPSHOT

Combined satellite and radar image at 0600Z today.
 
This Bulletin is compiled from reports by International Flight Crews, Dispatchers, and Airline Operations. Got something to share? bulletin@fsbureau.org

ACTIVE BULLETINS Summary

 NORTH AMERICA

KLAS/Las Vegas 07L/25R will close 28OCT until mid 2016 due to runway upgrade. Per FAA, Operators can expect a variety of flow control methods at peak times including One: Mile in trail, Two: TMA/TBFM metering from airports located in adjacent enroute centers (ZLA/ZOA/ZAB), Three: Ground delay programs, Four: Ground stops.

KPYM/Plymouth and KPVC/Provincetown face IFR delays due to Cape TRACON radar out of service from 13OCT until 13MAR16.

KHOU/Houston Hobby Airport opened a new International Terminal on 15OCT.

CXXX/Canada Starting 15MAR2016 visitors to Canada from visa-exempt countries will require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to departure. The ETA can be obtained online and is valid for 5 years. Only US Nationals are exempt from the requirement.

MYLD/Deadmans Cay, Bahamas has reopened to Commercial Traffic following damage from Hurricane Joaquin, the terminal remains out of service. Joaquin led to the closure of a number of airports in the Bahamas, although most have now reopened for service.

US Operators should be aware of the new FAA ATC phraseologies effective 03APR14. The FAA will implement “climb via” phraseology and procedures for departure operations consistent with existing “descend via” phraseology and procedures. “Climb via” and “descend via” are abbreviated ATC clearances that require compliance with the procedure's lateral path, associated speed restrictions, and altitude restrictions published on the SID or STAR. Some good information at http://www.nbaa.org/ops/cns/pbn/climb-via/dasd

MMMX/Mexico City International Airport cannot be used as a filed alternate on flight plans. As per CO- AV-44/15.

 CARIBBEAN


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.

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

CZQX/Gander FIR / EGXX/Shanwick FIR /  North Atlantic Multiple airspace and procedural changes will take place on 12NOV2015 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; request a copy here.

NAT/North Atlantic To assist Aircraft Operators with the changes on the North Atlantic, we have produced a new Aircraft Plotting Chart effective 12NOV15 showing the new Oceanic Entry Points, airspace entry requirements, suitable diversion airports with handling and fuel pricing, and some dispatcher tools like available levels, NAT FPL codes, FPL filing addresses, and FIR codes. To obtain a free copy click here or email intl.desk@fsbureau.org.



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 Dec. 7, 2017, and to all flights in this region above FL290 on Jan. 30, 2020.

NAT/North Atlantic Effective 29MAY14 significant changes affect the structure and design of NAT Tracks, and Oceanic Flight Planning. The Gander Oceanic Transition Area (GOTA) is introduced. The Fish Points are largely removed, and the construction of NAT Tracks and anchor points/pairings changed. Blue Spruce Routes are also changed.
 SOUTH AMERICA

SEXX/Ecuador A new DGAC resolution now effective permits non-scheduled aircraft to 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).

SBRB/Rio Branco INTL Airport prohibited operations of aircraft with wingspan is more than 36M due to pavement restriction From 13 november 2014, 0000 UTC to 31 december 2015, 2359 UTC.

SKCG/Cartagena will be closed 0600-1030Z until 30NOV due WIP.

SAEZ/Bueno Aires has a new General Aviation Terminal that is now open. Customs clearance can be facilitated within the terminal, all items must be taken off the aircraft on arrival. Commercial ad-hoc aircraft still require a landing permit from ANAC, lead time several weeks.

SAWC/El Calafate, Argentina A reminder that a spanish-speaking ‘Navigator’ is required on board for arrivals/departures to communicate with ATC if the crew do not speak ‘Spanish ATC’.

SPIM/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.

 
 AFRICA

HECC/Cairo FIR, Egypt Overflight Risk due MANPADS: Entire Sinai Peninsula, min FL250. Egypt raised lower limit G183 to FL250. FAA Notam A0011/15. 01NOV UL550 unusable as PASOS is closed.

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.

Hxxx/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.
 
 EUROPE

EGxx/UK Major military exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2015 is taking place until 06/11/2015, involving Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. 

LFxx/France Datalink implemented from 22OCT LFRR/Brest and LFBB/Bordeaux ACC from 0900L. Initial phase, no ACL (Clearance via CPDLC), and aircraft must be on Eurocontrol whitelist. Ref France AIC A22/15.

EGxx/London FIR. From 01OCT15, the authority for the UK FMP to issue discretionary -5/+5 CTOT extensions has been removed. ATS Units/Operators should ensure that aircraft are started and pushed back in good time to meet the CTOT and the standard -5/+10 Slot Tolerance Window. An updated EOBT should be sent prior to start up if the CTOT cannot be met.

LIXX/Italy Any flight departing Libya is not permitted to overfly or land in Italy. Ref Notam W1931/2015.

UKxx/Ukraine Effective 25OCT2015 Russian aircraft will be banned from flying through Ukraine airspace due to current political situation.

Uxxx/Russia In return, Ukrainian registered aircraft will be unable to fly through Russian airspace.

UKxx/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).

EVRA/Riga, Latvia A new FBO and hangar is now open since 08SEP at Riga, operated by RIGA Business Aviation Center.

EDDT/Berlin Tegel’s closure has been postponed until 2017 due to the delays in opening the new Brandenburg Airport

BIRK/Reykjavik, Iceland open H24 but Take Off not permitted 2330-0700 weekdays, 2330-0800 weekends.

EDDF/Frankfurt, Germany The overnight curfew 2300-0500 remains in place for all aircraft using Frankfurt International.

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).


 
 MIDDLE EAST

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. Route restriction and Airspace availability are clearly indicated ref NOTAM A3709/15 , A4674/15 and A4835/15.

OMDW/Dubai World hosts Dubai Airshow 08-12NOV. Landing Permit required for all flights, 3 days processing, standard documents and requirements. Slot required for OMDW, window +/- 5mins. Show details at www.dubaiairshow.aero

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.



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.

OSLK/Basel al-Assad closed to civilian traffic effective 13OCT due to Russian military operations in Syria. Flights will be diverted to OSDI/Damascus.
 ASIA

VNXX/Nepal continues to experience shortages of fuel. Available fuel for domestic airlines is rapidly decreasing, and authorities worry that domestic flights will soon be unavailable. The Nepalese government has requested that international airlines carry return fuel or refuel at airports en route, as Tribhuvan International Airport (VNKT/KTM) has no available fuel.

VHHH/Hong Kong with effect 25OCT (IATA Winter 2015) will amend slot issuing procedures to give priority to operators with higher capacity aircraft, and where same types conflict for the same slot time, lower noise levels.

VHHH/Hong Kong will introduce reduced arrival spacing between aircraft from 8am on 22OCT, with the new minima set at 3.5nm. Per procedure, a landing clearance may be issued while the runway is still occupied.

 
 PACIFIC

YXXX/Australia The exemption available for ADS-B requirements above FL290 in Australian airspace expires on 11DEC2015. After this date, all flights must be ADS-B equipped.

NFFF/Nadi FIR Airline operators/pilots intending to operate into Fiji domestic airspace or to transit the Nadi FIR should include their 24-Bit address in the field 18 for ATS surveillance purposes. NZZO/Auckland Oceanic FIR Met Data - change to procedure. Put simply, if you make a report on HF, no need to send a met report. If you are doing it via CPDLC, send it (at designated MET reporting points).

NFFF/Nadi FIR, Fiji ADS-B In Trail procedure trial underway effective 09JAN, reducing separation to 15NM in Oceanic Airspace for suitable aircraft.

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.

South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season 2015-16 began 01NOV, for warnings consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Fiji's regional meteorological center responsible for tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, or Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.
Country Information Sheets

Published 02NOV - ' The Lowdown on flight operations to Austria'. For a free copy email intl.desk@fsbureau.org or click here.

The Flight Service Bureau regularly publishes a 1 page PDF country summary for international flight operations. For use by airlines, AO's, and crew, the guide contains practical information including an Operating Checklist, Permit information, Handling and Fuel, recent changes, and a ranking for Airport Fees, Fuel costs, Air Safety, and Security.

 
International Ops Notice 10/15

On 06 OCT 15 the Russian military launched 26 Kalibr-class cruise missiles from 4 ships in the Caspian Sea at targets in Syria. These missiles were routed through the airspace of Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria, causing concern as to the safety of international air traffic crossing the missiles trajectory amid the potential for further strikes.

We have published International Ops Notice 10/15 as a summary. To obtain a copy, email intl.desk@fsbureau.org or click here.
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looks forward to meeting you in Las Vegas at the NBAA 2015 Aviation Conference. Our stand is C12050 in the Central Hall.

We will have four Flight Service Specialists in attendance (from MCO, SNN, and AKL stations) each with their own specialist areas including Flight Planning, NAT and MNPS Ops, European Ops, Latin America Ops, Special Flight Permits and Regulatory matters, so if you have questions - come and ask!

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