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Airspace of Mali within Niamey Flight Information Region

CSV
Status
Active
Issued date
29/04/2020
Revision

This CZIB is revised to extend the validity period and to amend reference publications.

 

Referenced publication(s):

  • United Kingdom AIP ENR 1.1 issued 31 January 2019 (see Appendix 1).
  • United States Federal Aviation Administration KICZ A0019/20 issued 26 February 2020 & US FAA Background Notice (see Appendix 2).
  • Germany NOTAM B1294/20 issued 27th July 2020 (see Appendix 3).
  • AIC France Circular A 08/20 issued 09 April 2020 (see Appendix 4). 
Affected Airspace

Mali airspace, Niamey Flight Information Region (FIR), (DRRR), at altitudes below Flight Level (FL) 250. 

Applicability
Applies to operators
Description
This CZIB is issued on the basis of information available to EU Member States and EU institutions.
The presence of terrorist groups with with access to anti-aviation weaponry is assessed to pose a HIGH risk to operations within the portion of the Niamey FIR, which is situated above Mali territory, at altitudes below FL 250. Terrorist groups continue attacks on the country with the risk of mortar shelling on airstrips and airports.
Addtionally, the Agency draws the attention of the aviation community to the above referenced information, copies of which are attached to this CZIB.
Recommendation(s)

Operators should take this information and any other relevant information into account in their own risk assessments, alongside any available guidance or directions from their national authority as appropriate.

Latest operational information on ‘Closures and warnings’ issued by means of ICAO State Letters, NOTAMs, AICs/AIPs, EASA CZIB may be found in the Network Manager NOP Portal  (password protected version).

Valid until
31/10/2020

Appendix 1

Source: United Kingdom AIP ENR 1.1

United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Service

Hazardous situation in Mali

Potential risk to aviation overflying this area at less than 25,000 ft above ground level (agl) from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. Operators are strongly advised to take this potential risk into account in their risk assessments and routing decisions.

Contact UK Department for Transport +44 (0)207-944 4426 or +44 (0)207-944 5999 out of hours.

Appendix 2

Source: United States Federal Aviation Administration KICZ A0019/20 

A0019/20 (Issued for KICZ)

SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR MALI. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN OR OVER THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF MALI AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 DUE TO ONGOING FIGHTING AND EXTREMIST/MILITANT ACTIVITY.

A. APPLICABILITY. THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO: ALL U.S. AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS; ALL PERSONS EXERCISING THE PRIVILEGES OF AN AIRMAN CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE FAA, EXCEPT SUCH PERSONS OPERATING U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER; AND ALL OPERATORS OF AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT WHERE THE OPERATOR OF SUCH AIRCRAFT IS A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER.

B. PLANNING. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A PLANNING TO FLY INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN, OR OVER THE ABOVE-NAMED AREA AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 MUST REVIEW CURRENT SECURITY/THREAT INFORMATION AND NOTAMS; COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FAA REGULATIONS, OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS, MANAGEMENT SPECIFICATIONS, AND LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION, INCLUDING UPDATING B450; AND PROVIDE AT LEAST 72 HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE OF PLANNED FLIGHTS TO THE FAA AT ASH-AXE-CITE-WATCH [at] FAA.GOV WITH SPECIFIC FLIGHT DETAILS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE.

C. OPERATIONS. EXERCISE CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF ATTACKS ON CIVIL AVIATION BY EXTREMISTS/MILITANTS. AIRCRAFT MAY ENCOUNTER FIRE FROM SMALL ARMS; INDIRECT FIRE WEAPONS, SUCH AS MORTARS AND ROCKETS; AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT-CAPABLE WEAPONS, INCLUDING MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MANPADS). SUCH WEAPONS COULD TARGET AIRCRAFT AT LOW ALTITUDES, INCLUDING DURING THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PHASES OF FLIGHT, AND/OR AIRPORTS AND AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND.

THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A MUST REPORT SAFETY AND/OR SECURITY INCIDENTS TO THE FAA AT +1 202-267-3333. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS ADVISORY WILL BE RE-EVALUATED BY 26 FEBRUARY 2021. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/.

SFC - 259, 26 FEB 12:00 2020 UNTIL 26 FEB 23:59 2021 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 26 FEB 12:00 2020

FAA Background Information Regarding U.S. Civil Aviation – Mali

Due to the fragile security situation created by ongoing fighting between military forces and extremist/militant groups, the FAA assesses there is continuing risk to U.S. civil aviation flying into, out of, within or over the territory and airspace of Mali at altitudes below Flight Level (FL) 260. As a result, on 26 February 2020, the FAA published Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) KICZ A0019/20, advising U.S. civil aviation to exercise caution when flying into, out of, within or over the territory and airspace of Mali at altitudes below FL260. International civil air routes transiting Mali’s airspace and aircraft operating to and from Malian airports, particularly in the area north of Mopti, are at risk from small arms; indirect fire weapons, such as mortars and rockets; and anti-aircraft-capable weapons, including manportable air defense systems (MANPADS). Such weapons could target aircraft at low altitudes, including during the arrival and departure phases of flight, and/or airports and aircraft on the ground. Some extremist/militant groups in Mali are suspected of possessing or having access to MANPADS. Some MANPADS have the capability to reach a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet. Attacks against aircraft in flight and/or Malian airports may occur with little or no warning. Extremists/militants primarily target United Nations (UN) and Malian forces; however, those forces are often based in close proximity to Malian airports. As a result, attacks against UN and Malian forces present an indirect threat to civil aviation and associated infrastructure at the airports. Extremist/militant groups have demonstrated their intent and capability to conduct both direct and indirect fire attacks, particularly in northern Mali, targeting airports and/or adjacent military camps. In late-January 2020, extremists/militants attacked an army camp in central Mali, resulting in over twenty casualties. The January attack follows several extremists/militants attacks in 2019 targeting UN and Malian armed forces. In November 2019, extremists/militants conducted a complex attack on an army post in northern Mali, resulting in over fifty casualties. Between late-September and early-October 2019, extremists/militants conducted coordinated attacks targeting UN and Malian forces. In April 2018, extremists/militants attacked UN peacekeepers at two bases near the airport in Timbuktu using both indirect fire weapons and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). Additionally, in mid-January 2017 and late-November 2016, extremists/militants conducted VBIED attacks against, or in close proximity to, Gao Airport (GAGO) and rocket attacks against Timbuktu Airport (GATB). Southern Mali has been subjected to lower levels of violence. However, terrorism targeting U.S. or Western interests has occasionally occurred in Bamako. In November 2015, transnational terrorists affiliated with al-Qa’ida attacked the Radisson hotel in Bamako, resulting in the deaths of 20 people, including six crew members of a non-U.S. operator. The FAA will continue to review the situation regarding threats to U.S. civil aviation operating in the territory and airspace of Mali and make adjustments to its advisory for U.S. civil aviation as necessary. Posted: 26 FEB 2020

Appendix 3

Source: Germany NOTAM B1294/20  

(B1294/20 NOTAMR B1123/20

Q) EDXX/QAFXX/I /NBO/E /000/999/5123N01019E999

A) EDWW EDGG EDMM B) 2007271211 C) 2009212359

E) SECURITY  MALI  POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION  FIR NIAMEY (DRRR) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES CIVIL GERMAN AIR OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS WITHIN THE TERRITORY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALI BELOW FL260 INCLUDING LANDING, TAXIING, PARKING AND TAKE OFF AT THE AIRPORTS TOMBOUCTOU (GATB), GAO (GAGO), MOPTI (DAMB) AND KIDAL (GAKL) DUE TO POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION FROM DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION WEAPONRY AND POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACKS.

EMERGENCY SITUATION: IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY.)

27 JUL 12:11 2020 UNTIL 21 SEP 23:59 2020. CREATED: 27 JUL 12:12 2020

Appendix 4

Source: France AIC France Circular A 08/20

From 09/04/2020 and until further notice, French air carriers and aircraft owners registered in France are requested to ensure that their aircraft maintain at all times a flight level above or equal to FL320 in the part of the Niamey FIR (DRRR) located above the Malian territory.

 

Geographical Area: Niamey FIR (DRRR)

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