Airspace of Iraq

CZIB-2017-04R5
Status: 
Active
Issued date: 
01/10/2019
Revision: 

This CZIB is revised to extend the validity period of CZIB-2017-04R4, and to amend reference publications.

 

Referenced publication(s):

  • United Kingdom NOTAM AIP 1.4.5 issued 31 January 2019 (see Appendix 1).
  • United States Federal Aviation Administration KICZ NOTAM A0023/18 issued 26 October 2017 and SFAR 77 issued 26 October 2018 (see Appendix 2).
  • AIC France Circular 03/19 issued 24 January 2019 (see Appendix 3).
  • Germany NOTAM B0587/19 issued 04 July 2019 (see Appendix 4).
  • South Africa NOTAM A2919/18 issued 29 July 2018 (see Appendix 5).
Affected Airspace: 

Iraq airspace, all altitudes.

Applicability: 
Applies to operators
Description: 
This CZIB is issued on the basis of information available to EU Member States and EU institutions.

Due to the hazardous security situation, with the presence of terrorist organisations and ongoing military operations, there is a risk of both intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft.

Due to the presence of various weaponry including MANPADS (man-portable air-defence systems), it is advised to be cautious with the risk associated to civil aviation. The risk to operations at all altitudes is assessed to be HIGH, except for airways UM688 and UM860.

Additionally, 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: 
30/03/2020

Appendix 1

Source: United Kingdom Notam 1.4.5 

United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Service

Hazardous Situation in Iraq

Potential risk from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry in Iraq. Operators are advised not to enter the territory and airspace of Iraq (including the Baghdad FIR) with the exception of routing on Airways UL602 to ALPET, UM860 and UM688 when operating above 25,000 ft above ground level (agl).  Operators are advised to take this information into account in their own 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 NOTAM A0023/18

A0023/18 - SECURITY.. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FLIGHT PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE BAGHDAD FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) (ORBB)

14 CFR 91.1605 SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION (SFAR) NO. 77— PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE BAGHDAD FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) (ORBB) FIR WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON 26 OCT 2018 AND WAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/

SFC - FL259; 26 OCT 14:15 2018 UNTIL 26 OCT 23:59 2020.

SFAR77

This action reissues, with modifications to reflect changed conditions in Iraq, the Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) that prohibits certain flights in the Baghdad Flight Information Region (FIR) (ORBB) by all: U.S. air carriers; U.S. commercial operators; persons exercising the privileges of an airman certificate issued by the FAA, except when such persons are operating U.S.-registered aircraft for a foreign air carrier; and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft, except where the operator of such aircraft is a foreign air carrier.

 

Appendix 3

Source: AIC France Circular 03/19

From 08/02/2018 and until further notice, French carriers are requested not to authorize their aircraft to penetrate into the airspace of Iraq (ORBB FIR (BAGHDAD)), except for routes UM860, UM688 and UL602 (between TASMI and ALPET) on which French air carriers are requested to maintain at all times a flight level above or equal to FL320.

Appendix 4

Source: Germany NOTAM B0587/19

B0587/19 (Issued for EDGG EDWW EDMM)
SECURITY IRAQ POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION FIR BAGHDAD (ORBB)

POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION WITHIN FIR BAGHDAD (ORBB) BELOW FL260 IN THE FOLLOWING AREA:
AIRWAY UM860 BETWEEN NINVA AND TOTAM
AIRWAY UM688 BETWEEN RATVO AND DERNU
AIRWAY UP975 BETWEEN SIDNA AND TUBEN
DUE TO ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS.

CIVIL GERMAN AIR OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENTS AND ROUTING DECISIONS.

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.

04 JUL 15:25 2019 UNTIL 03 OCT 23:59 2019. CREATED: 04 JUL 15:26 2019

Appendix 5

 

Source: South Africa NOTAM  A2919/18

A2919/18 (Issued for FAJA FAJO FACA)

FLT TO AND FM IRAQ POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - IRAQ AIRSPACE.

DUE TO THE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE ARMED CONFLICT IN IRAQ. ALL FLT OPS IN THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF IRAQ AT OR BLW FL300 BY THE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A, ARE STRONGLY ADZ UFN.

(1) OVERFLIGHTS OF IRAQ ABOVE FL200 BUT AT OR BLW FL300

(2) OPS AT OR BLW FL300 BY FLT DEP FM THE COUNTRIES ADJ TO IRAQ WHOSE CLIMB PER WILL NOT PERMIT OPS ABV FL300 PRIOR TO ENTERING IRAQI AIRSPACE

(3) FLT ORIGINATING FM OR DESTINED TO AREAS OUTSIDE OF IRAQ TO OR FM ERBIL INTL AP (ORER) OR SULAYMANIYAH INT AP (ORSU) WI THE TERRITORY OF IRAQ NORTH OF 34DEG 30MIN NORTH LAT.

APPLICABILITY: THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO ALL SOUTH AFRICAN AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL OPR, ALL OPR/PERSONS EXER THE PRIVILEGES OF AN AOC ISSUED BY THE SACAA (SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY), EXC SUCH OPR/PERSONS OPR SOUTH AFRICAN REGISTERED ACFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER. THIS ADVISORY ON OPS IN THE AIRSPACE SPECIFIED IN THIS NOTAM AND THE ASSOCIATED JUSTIFICATION WILL BE RE-EVALUATED AS THE SITUATION REQUIRES.

29 JUL 06:12 2018 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 29 JUL 06:12 2018

 

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