Afghanistan Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Two – Assessed Risk
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.
Reference: Notam B158/17
Issued: Feb 22, 2017, valid until: May 19, 2017
Plain English: Minimum FL330 over the entire country of Afghanistan. Consider risk of landing.
B0158/17 NOTAMR B1468/16 Q) EDXX/QAFXX/I /NBO/E /000/999/5110N01027E999 A) EDGG EDWW EDMM B) 1702281354 C) 1705192359 EST E) SECURITY- AFGHANISTAN...POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION-FIR KABUL (OAKX) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES ALL GERMAN OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS BELOW FL330 DUE TO HAZARDOUS SITUATION WITHIN FIR KABUL (OAKX). POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION OVERFLYING THIS AREA BELOW FL330 AND TAKE OFF AND LANDINGS AT ALL AIRPORTS WITHIN FIR KABUL (OAKX) FROM DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION AND GROUND TO GROUND WEAPONRY. OPERATORS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO TAKE POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENTS AND ROUTEING 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.
Reference: KICZ Notam A0022/16
Issued: Dec 12th, 2016, valid until: Dec 12th, 2017
Plain English: Stick to Airways, and maintain FL330 or higher.
A0022/16 NOTAMN Q) KICZ/QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/329/ A) KICZ PART 1 OF 3 B) 1612241441 C) 1712242359 EST E) SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR AFGHANISTAN. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN, OR OVER THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF AFGHANISTAN SHOULD OPERATE ONLY ON ESTABLISHED AIR ROUTES AND AT ALTITUDES AT OR ABOVE FL330 TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE. HIGH ELEVATION TERRAIN IN PARTS OF AFGHANISTAN MAY CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME OF THE THREATS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH C TO BE ENCOUNTERED AT OR ABOVE FL330 IN THOSE AREAS. 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 MUST REVIEW CURRENT SECURITY/THREAT INFORMATION AND NOTAMS AND COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FAA REGULATIONS, OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS, MANAGEMENT END PART 1 OF 3 A0022/16 NOTAMN Q) KICZ/QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/329/ A) KICZ PART 2 OF 3 B) 1612241441 C) 1712242359 EST E) SPECIFICATIONS, AND LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION, INCLUDING UPDATING B450. C. OPERATIONS. EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS, PARTICULARLY WHEN OPERATING BELOW FL 330, DUE TO ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS AND EXTREMIST/MILITANT ACTIVITY. THE SECURITY SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN CONTINUES TO PRESENT AN ONGOING CONCERN FOR U.S. CIVIL AVIATION INTERESTS, PARTICULARLY FOR AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND AND AIRCRAFT OPERATING AT LOW ALTITUDES DURING THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PHASES OF FLIGHT. THERE IS A RISK OF ATTACKS AGAINST U.S. CIVIL AVIATION IN AFGHANISTAN. AIRPORTS IN AFGHANISTAN MAY BE TARGETS OF DIRECT ASSAULT AND INDIRECT FIRE AND ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO INSIDER THREATS. AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND AT AIRPORTS/AIRFIELDS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY INDIRECT ROCKET OR MORTAR FIRE FROM EXTREMIST/MILITANT ATTACKS. AIRCRAFT ARE AT RISK OF ENCOUNTERING ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE, AND SHOULDER-FIRED MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MANPADS), PARTICULARLY AT LOW ALTITUDES. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A MUST REPORT SAFETY AND/OR SECURITY INCIDENTS TO THE FAA AT +1 202-267-3333 OR 1-844-412-1794. END PART 2 OF 3 A0022/16 NOTAMN Q) KICZ/QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/329/ A) KICZ PART 3 OF 3 B) 1612241441 C) 1712242359 EST E) THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS ADVISORY WILL BE RE-EVALUATED BY 24 DEC 2017. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/ F) SFC G) FL329 END PART 3 OF 3
Reference: AIP ENR 1.1
Issued: Dec 8th, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Risk to aircraft overflying OAKB/Kabul FIR at less than 25,000 feet.
Potential risk to aviation overflying Kabul FIR at less than 25,000 ft above ground level (AGL) from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry Operators are advised to take this potential risk into account in their risk assessments and routing decisions.
Reference: AIC 20/16
Issued: Aug 18th, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Maintain FL240 or higher in Afghanistan airspace.
From 17/01/2015 and until further notice, French carriers are requested to ensure that their aircraft maintain at all times a flight level equal to or above FL240 in the airspace of Afghanistan (OAKX FIR (KABUL)).