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). 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.
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.
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 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