Cyprus Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Three – Caution
In March 2018, warnings were issued for GPS outages in the Nicosia FIR. Further, in April 2018, militaries began using the Nicosia FIR for staging for possible strikes in Syria, causing most airlines and operators to avoid the area.
Reference: Rapid Alert Notification
Issued: Apr 11, 2018 valid until: Apr 14, 2018
Plain English: Possible military strikes into Syria from Nicosia FIR.
“Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and / or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean / Nicosia FIR area.”
Reference: Notam 0356/18
Issued: Mar 30, 2018 valid until: PERM
Plain English: Expect GPS interference in Cyprus Airspace
A0356/18 NOTAMN Q) LCCC/QGWXX/IV/NBO/E /000/999/3429N03246E180 A) LCCC B) 1803201004 C) PERM E) RECENTLY, GPS SIGNAL INTERRUPTIONS HAVE BEEN REPORTED BY THE PILOTS OF THE AIRCRAFT OPERATING WITHIN SOME PARTS OF NICOSIA FIR. AIRCRAFT OPERATORS OPERATING WITHIN NICOSIA FIR ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION.