North Korea Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: No risk level assigned
Effective May 14, 2018, FSB is removing all airspace warnings regarding North Korea from our guidance to aircraft operators. Specifically:
- We are removing the Level 1 – Do Not Fly – warning for the Pyongyang FIR – both mainland and waters areas.
- We are no longer concerned about splashdown missile risk in the Sea of Japan and withdraw Note 30 to OpsGroup.
We have monitored the North Korea situation as regards overflight risk since 2014, when the first signs of risk appeared. In August 2016, we identified the missile risk as being increased, applying a Level 2 warning, and in August 2017, we elevated North Korea to Level 1, adding a warning for the Sea of Japan.
With the complete turnaround in political stance of North Korea in the last few months, it is our opinion that further test launches of missiles through the Pyongyang FIR are most unlikely. Coupled with the assurances given to ICAO last week, even if one were launched, we can expect a notification. This position is better than we have been in during the period from 2005-2014, the years during which North Korea tested missiles but notified ICAO.
State warnings still remain in place and are listed below.
Reference: EDWW Notam B0760/18
Issued: Apr 13, 2018, valid until: Jul 13, 2018
Plain English: Do not enter the ZKKP/Pyongyang FIR due unannounced missile launches
B0760/18 (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. 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.
Reference: KICZ Notam A0023/17
Issued: Nov 03, 2017, valid until: Permanent
Plain English: Flight in ZKKP FIR is prohibited.
A0023/17 - SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FLIGHT PROHIBITION FOR NORTH KOREA PYONGYANG (ZKKP) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY NORTH KOREAN MILITARY CAPABILITIES AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING UNANNOUNCED NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCHES AND AIR DEFENSE WEAPONS SYSTEMS, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE PYONGYANG (ZKKP) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) BY THE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW ARE PROHIBITED. THIS NOTAM EXPANDS THE FAAS FLIGHT PROHIBITION TO INCLUDE ALL OPERATIONS IN THE PYONGYANG (ZKKP) FIR EAST OF 132 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE, WHICH WERE PREVIOUSLY ALLOWED UNDER SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION NO. 79. 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 FROM CONDUCTING FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE PYONGYANG (ZKKP) FIR WHEN SUCH 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. 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. THIS NOTAM IS AN EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED UNDER 49 USC 40113(A) AND 46105(C). ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTP://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/. SFC - UNL 03 NOV 13:29 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 03 NOV 13:38 2017
Reference: AIC 15/18
Issued: May 10, 2018, 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