Egypt Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Two – Assessed Risk
Since the Arab Spring, Egypt’s stability and security situation as a state has declined. In February 2017 an an SA-7 anti-aircraft missile tube was found less than a mile from Cairo’s international airport. GPS jamming reported at HECA/Cairo several times in 2016. High threat from terrorism in Egypt. Further attacks are likely. Not recommended as a tech stop.19 May 2016 EgyptAir Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared over the Mediterranean, cause unknown. In October 2015 a Russian A321 was brought down over the Sinai peninsula by a bomb loaded at HESH/Sharm El Sheikh. In the aftermath, it was initially feared that a missile had caused the crash. Multiple warnings still in place from that fear.
Reference: Notam B0041/17
Issued: Jan 23, 2017, valid until: Apr 23,2017
Plain English: Entire Sinai Peninsula presents a risk below FL260, as do landings at HEAR/El Arish, HEGR/El Gora, HETB/Taba, HESC/St. Catherine, HESH/Sharm-el-Sheikh.
B0041/17 NOTAMN Q) EDXX/QAFXX/I /NBO/E /000/999/5110N01027E999 A) EDWW EDGG EDMM B) 1701231446 C) 1704231446 EST E) SECURITY - EGYPT - POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - FIR CAIRO (HECC,SINAI PENINSULA) CONTENT: GERMAN OPERATORS ARE ADVISED NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS BELOW FL260 DUE TO HAZARDOUS SITUATION WITHIN FIR CAIRO REGION NORTHERN SINAI. (AFFECTED AREA: NORTH OF LATITUDE 2936N / SINAI PENINSULA) GERMAN OPERATORS ARE FURTHER ADVISED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENT: POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION WITHIN FIR CAIRO REGION SOUTHERN SINAI. (AFFECTED AREA: SOUTH OF LATITUDE 2936N / SINAI PENINSULA). POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION OVERFLYING THIS AREA BELOW FL260 AND TAKE OFF / LANDING AT HEAR, HEGR, HETB, HESC, HESH WITHIN FIR HECC FROM DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION WEAPONRY. EMERGENCY SITUATION: IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRED 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 A0009/16
Issued: March 30th, 2016, valid until: March 30th, 2017
Plain English: Avoid overflying the Sinai Peninsula below FL260.
A0009/16 NOTAMN Q) /QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/259/ A) KICZ PART 1 OF 2 B) 1603301113 C) 1703302359 EST E) SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR EGYPT SINAI PENINSULA THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW SHOULD AVOID FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN OR OVER THE SINAI PENINSULA IN THE CAIRO (HECC) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 WITHIN THE FOLLOWING LATERAL LIMITS: 311855N0321900E TO 294443N0322815E TO 281650N0331928E TO 272900N0341900E TO 292920N0345500E THEN ALONG THE EGYPT/ISRAEL BORDER TO 311800N0341300E TO 311855N0321900E. 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; COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FAA REGULATIONS, OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS, MANAGEMENT END PART 1 OF 2 A0009/16 NOTAMN Q) /QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/259/ A) KICZ PART 2 OF 2 B) 1603301113 C) 1703302359 EST E) SPECIFICATIONS, AND LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION, INCLUDING UPDATING B450; AND PROVIDE AT LEAST 72 HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE OF PLANNED FLIGHTS TO THE FAA AT AEO-CITEWATCH@FAA.GOV WITH SPECIFIC FLIGHT DETAILS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE. C. OPERATIONS. EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS DUE TO THE POTENTIAL RISK FROM EXTREMIST/MILITANT ATTACKS INVOLVING MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MANPADS), ANTI-TANK MISSILES, SMALL-ARMS FIRE, AND INDIRECT FIRE FROM MORTARS AND ROCKETS TARGETING SINAI AIRPORTS AND AIRCRAFT. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A MUST REPORT SAFETY AND/OR SECURITY INCIDENTS TO THE FAA AT +1 202-267-3333 OR 1 202-267-3203. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS ADVISORY WILL BE RE-EVALUATED BY 30 MARCH 2017. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTP://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/ F) SFC G) FL259 END PART 2 OF 2
Reference: AIP ENR 1.1
Issued: Dec 8th, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Risk to aircraft overflying Egypt’s Northern Sinai region at less than 25,000 feet.
Potential risk to aviation overflying Egyptian airspace in Northern Sinai Governate within the area bounded by 311400N 0322200E - 294000N 0324000E - 293000N 0345400E - 312000N 0341200E - 311400N 0322200E (Cairo FIR, Sinai Peninsula) at less than 25,000 ft above ground level (agl) from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. Operators are strongly advised to avoid operating at less than 25,000 ft agl in this airspace.