Mali Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Two – Assessed Risk
Northern Mali conflict ongoing. Situation unstable. 2015 Radisson Blu hotel attack which killed several aircrew overnighting in Bamako. Considered as the deadliest place to serve in the UN. A US warning exists. Potential for attacks throughout the country, including in Bamako, remains high. Avoid if at all possible.
Reference: KICZ Notam A0004/17
Issued: Feb 26th, 2017, valid until: Feb 26th, 2018
Plain English: Avoid flying over or into Mali below FL260. If you plan to, notify the FAA 3 days in advance.
A0004/17 NOTAMN Q) /QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/259/ B) 1702261232 C) 1802262359 EST SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR MALI. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW SHOULD AVOID FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN OR OVER THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF MALI AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 DUE TO ONGOING FIGHTING AND EXTREMIST/MILITANT ACTIVITY. 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 AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 MUST REVIEW CURRENT SECURITY/THREAT INFORMATION AND NOTAMS; COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FAA REGULATIONS, OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS, MANAGEMENT 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 CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF ATTACKS ON CIVIL AVIATION BY EXTREMISTS/MILITANTS. AIRCRAFT MAY ENCOUNTER FIRE FROM SMALL ARMS; INDIRECT FIRE WEAPONS, SUCH AS MORTARS AND ROCKETS; AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT CAPABLE WEAPONS, INCLUDING MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MANPADS). SUCH WEAPONS COULD TARGET AIRCRAFT AT LOW ALTITUDES, INCLUDING DURING THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PHASES OF FLIGHT, AND/OR AIRPORTS AND AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND. 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 26 FEBRUARY 2018. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/ F) SFC G) FL259
Reference: AIC 24/17
Issued: Aug 10, 2017, valid until: Further notice
Plain English: Maintain FL240 or greater above Mali.
From 13/07/2017 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 part of the Niamey FIR (DRRR) located above the Malian territory.
Reference: AIP ENR 1.1
Issued: Jun 09, 2017, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Maintain at least 25,000′ AGL above Mali.
Hazardous situation in Mali Potential risk to aviation overflying this area at less than 25,000 ft above ground level (agl) from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. Operators are strongly advised to take this potential risk into account in their risk assessments and routing decisions. Contact UK Department for Transport +44 (0)207-944 4426 or +44 (0)207-944 5999 out of hours.
Reference: NOTAM B1734/17
Issued: Nov 15, 2017, valid until: Feb 15, 2018,
Plain English: Avoid GATB, GAGO and GAKL airports.
B1734/17 (Issued for EDWW EDMM EDGG) - SECURITY AND MALI AND POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - FIR NIAMEY (DRRR): FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES GERMAN OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS TO THE AIRPORTS TOMBOUCTOU (GATB) GAO (GAGO) AND KIDAL (GAKL) WITHIN FIR NIAMEY (DRRR). POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION DURING TAKE OFF, LANDING, TAXIING AND PARKING AT THE AIRPORTS DUE TO POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACKS. 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. 15 NOV 19:03 2017 UNTIL 15 FEB 23:59 2018 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 15 NOV 19:04 2017
Source: US Reference: FAA Background Notice – Mali
Issued: February 26th, 2017, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Exercise extreme caution below FL260