North Korea Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: One – Do Not Fly
Since April 2017, tensions on the Korean peninsula have been rising. Historically, the rhetoric has been predictable. That has now changed, North Korea is acting unpredictably and multiple missiles have been launched without prior notice to ICAO. This year there has been an increase in activity with 18 missiles launched to date, including the 4th and 29th July launches of ICBMs with a potential range in excess of 5,000km. Previously safe airways B467 and G711 are at risk. This year 6 missiles (Inc. 2 ICBM) have entered the airspace of Japan (RJJJ FIR), With an ICBM reportedly splashing down within 100Km of AF293. There are also multiple reports of GPS jamming issues in the vicinity of the Korean border. We recommend avoiding the ZKKP/Pyongyang FIR entirely and avoiding the affected areas over the Sea of Japan. As of 01Sep17 US passport holders will require special passport validation to enter the DPRK.
Reference: EDWW Notam B1606/17
Issued: Oct 13, 2017, valid until: Apr 13, 2018
Plain English: Do not enter the ZKKP/Pyongyang FIR due unannounced missile launches
B1606/17 (Issued for EDWW EDGG EDMM) - SECURITY - NORTH KOREA... POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - FIR PYONGYANG (ZKKP) CONTENT: FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES GERMAN OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS WITHIN FIR PYONGYANG (ZKKP) INCLUDING TAKE OFF AND LANDINGS AT ALL AIRPORTS. POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION FROM DEDICATED GROUND TO GROUND BALLISTIC WEAPONRY TEST FIRINGS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. AFFECTED AREA: FIR PYONGYANG (ZKKP). 13 OCT 12:33 2017 UNTIL 13 APR 08:15 2018 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 13 OCT 12:34 2017
Reference: KICZ Notam A0016/17
Issued: May 27th, 2017, valid until: May 27th, 2018
Plain English: Exercise Caution operating east of 132E, due to unannounced missiles. SFAR79 prohibits US Operators from operating within the ZKKP/Pyongyang FIR west of 132E.
KICZ A0016/17 – SECURITY – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR NORTH KOREA PYONGYANG (ZKKP) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN FLYING IN OR NEAR THE PYONGYANG (ZKKP) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) EAST OF 132 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE DUE TO NORTH KOREAS HISTORY OF UNANNOUNCED LAUNCHES OF SHORT AND INTERMEDIATE-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES. 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 (APPLICABILITY) PLANNING TO OPERATE IN AND AROUND THE PYONGYANG (ZKKP) FIR EAST OF 132 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE MUST REVIEW CURRENT SECURITY/THREAT INFORMATION AND NOTAMS AND COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FAA REGULATIONS, OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS, MANAGEMENT SPECIFICATIONS, AND LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION, INCLUDING UPDATING B450. C. OPERATIONS. EXERCISE CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS. NORTH KOREA CONTINUES TO CONDUCT UNANNOUNCED LAUNCHES OF SHORT RANGE AND INTERMEDIATE-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRAVEL BEYOND 132 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE (132 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE IS THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION (SFAR) 79). THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) MUST REPORT ANY OBSERVED ROCKET OR MISSILE LAUNCHES NEAR THE KOREAN PENINSULA TO THE FAA AT AEO-CITEWATCH@FAA.GOV OR +1 202-267-3203. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS ADVISORY WILL BE RE-EVALUATED BY 27 MAY 2018. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTP://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/. SFC – UNL; 27 MAY 17:00 2017 UNTIL 27 MAY 23:59 2018 ESTIMATED. CREATED: 27 MAY 17:46 2017
Reference: AIC 24/17
Issued: Aug 10, 2017, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Do not enter the ZKKP/Pyongyang FIR.
From 10/08/2017 and until further notice, French carriers are requested not to authorize their aircraft to penetrate into the airspace of North Korea (ZKKP FIR (PYONGYANG))
Reference: NOTAM V0012/17
Issued: Aug 23, 2017, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: There is a risk to aircraft overflying ZKKP/Pyongyang FIR, and the Sea of Japan.
EGTT LONDON ATCC V0012/17 (Issued for EGTT EGPX EGGX) - ADDITION OF NORTH KOREA TO AIRSPACE WARNINGS HAZARDOUS SITUATION IN NORTH KOREA POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION OVERFLYING THE TERRITORY OF NORTH KOREA, THE PYONGYANG FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION AND THE SEA OF JAPAN (DEFINED FOR THIS PURPOSE AS THE AREA LYING BETWEEN 1280000E AND 1400000E DEGREES OF LONGITUDE) DUE TO CONTINUING BUT UNANNOUNCED TESTING OF A RANGE OF SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSLES. OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THIS INFORMATION INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR OWN RISK ASSESSMENTS AND ROUTEING DECISIONS. CONTACT UK DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT (+44) (0)20 7944 4426 OR (+44) (0)207 944 5999 OUT OF HOURS. ENR 1.1 GENERAL RULES REFERS. SFC - UNL, 23 AUG 14:19 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 23 AUG 14:20 2017
Reference: Member Reports
Issued: June 1st, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English Multiple reports from international crews of GPS outages in the region of the North/South Korean border
Source: Flight Service Bureau
Issued: Aug 10, 2017, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: North Koreas missile testing program has been escalating in 2017. Where those missiles are returning to Earth shows a pattern that is affecting airways in a portion of Japanese airspace. Full report