Iraq Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Two – Assessed Risk
Until November 2017, we maintained a Level 1 – No Fly entry for Iraq. With a reduction in conflict on the ground, and more control in government hands, the airspace risk has reduced. Consequentially, foreign authorities are softening their stance on Iraq. On November 27, 2017, several international airlines (Emirates, Turkish) resumed Iraq overflights after their national authorities removed restrictions. Risk area remains in the Northwest, but airways UM860 and UM688 – running north/south in the eastern half of the FIR, are far less of a threat. All four countries who regularly publish conflict zone warnings (US, Germany, UK and France) have now issued new advice, allowing overflight of Iraq at certain flight levels.
Reference: Notam B1874/17
Issued: Dec 18, 2017, valid until: Mar 19, 2018
Plain English: Overflights should be at FL260 or above.
B1874/17 (Issued for EDGG EDWW EDMM) - SECURITY IRAQ POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION FIR BAGHDAD ORBB. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES GERMAN OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS BELOW FL260 DUE TO HAZARDOUS SITUATION WITHIN FIR BAGHDAD (ORBB). POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION OVERFLYING THIS AREA BELOW FL260 AND TAKE OFF/LANDING AT ALL AIRPORTS WITHIN FIR BAGHDAD FROM DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION, GROUND TO GROUND WEAPONRY AND ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: 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. 19 DEC 00:01 2017 UNTIL 19 MAR 00:01 2018 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 18 DEC 17:21 2017
Reference: KICZ Notam A0025/17
Issued: Dec 9th, 2017, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: U.S carriers and commercial operators can overfly Iraq, but no lower than FL260.
KICZ A0025/17 SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FLIGHT PROHIBITION FOR IRAQ BAGHDAD (ORBB) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION. DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE POTENTIAL FOR FIGHTING IN CERTAIN AREAS OF IRAQ AND ONGOING CONCERNS ABOUT THE EXTREMIST/MILITANT THREAT TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE BAGHDAD (ORBB) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) AT ALTITUDES BELOW FLIGHT LEVEL 260 (FL260) BY THE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) ARE PROHIBITED. THIS NOTAM IS AN EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED UNDER 49 USC 40113(A) AND 46105(C). 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. PERMITTED OPERATIONS. THIS NOTAM DOES NOT PROHIBIT PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) FROM CONDUCTING FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE BAGHDAD FIR (ORBB) AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 IN EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES: (1) THE OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED EITHER BY ANOTHER AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE FAA OR BY A DEVIATION, EXEMPTION, OR OTHER AUTHORIZATION ISSUED BY THE FAA ADMINISTRATOR (OPERATORS MUST CALL THE FAA WASHINGTON OPERATIONS CENTER AT 202-267-3333 TO INITIATE COORDINATION FOR FAA AUTHORIZATION OF OPERATIONS); OR (2) FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM COUNTRIES ADJACENT TO IRAQ MAY OPERATE AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 IN THE BAGHDAD (ORBB) FIR TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO PERMIT A CLIMB TO OR ABOVE FL260, IF THE CLIMB PERFORMANCE OF THE AIRCRAFT WILL NOT PERMIT IT TO ATTAIN FL260 PRIOR TO ENTERING THE BAGHDAD (ORBB) FIR, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS ESTABLISHED BY, THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES OF IRAQ. OPERATORS ARE REMINDED TO ADHERE TO ALL APPLICABLE NOTAMS PUBLISHED BY THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES OF IRAQ WHILE OPERATING IN THE BAGHDAD (ORBB) FIR. C. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND OF AN AIRCRAFT MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY. SFC - FL259, 09 DEC 16:00 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 09 DEC 16:06 2017
Reference: Notam V0024/17
Issued: Dec 6th, 2017, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Overflights should only be on airways UL602 to ALPET, UM860 and UM688, and should be above FL250.
V0024/17 (Issued for EGTT EGPX EGGX) - GENERAL RULES, AMEND TXT FOR 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 25000FT 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)20 7944 4426 OR (+44) (0)207 944 5999 OUT OF HOURS. AMEND COLUMN 6 DATE TO READ 05 DEC 17 UK AIP ENR 1.1.
Reference: France AIC 04/18
Issued: Jan 11, 2018, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Overflights should only be on airways UM860 and UM688, and should be at or above FL320.
From 11/01/2018 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 and UM688 on which French air carriers are requested to maintain at all times a flight level above or equal to FL320.