South Sudan Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Two – Assessed Risk
Conflict Zone. South Sudanese Civil War since 2013. The security situation in Juba has been relatively calm since the July 2016 crisis. Daily reports of fighting throughout the rest of the country. The security situation is especially unstable in the Equatorias in the south. MANPADS risk to overflights. In addition, the South Sudanese army has declared intention to shoot down Aircraft without permits. Most Authority guidance recommends min FL260. We think FL300 is a better minimum for overflights.
Reference: Notam B0037/17
Issued: Jan 20, 2017, valid until: May 21,2017
Plain English: Minimum FL260 over South Sudan
B0037/17 NOTAMR B1475/16 Q) EDXX/QAFXX/IV/NBO/E /000/999/5110N01027E999 A) EDWW EDGG EDMM B) 1701201241 C) 1705211200 EST E) SECURITY SOUTH SUDAN - POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION FIR KHARTOUM (HSSS). FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES ALL GERMAN OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS BELOW FL260 DUE TO HAZARDOUS SITUATION WITHIN FIR KHARTOUM (HSSS) WITHIN THE POLITICAL BORDER OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN. POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION OVERFLYING THIS AREA BELOW FL260 AND TAKE OFF AND LANDINGS AT ALL AIRPORTS WITHIN SOUTH SUDAN FROM DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION AND GROUND TO GROUND WEAPONRY. OPERATORS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO TAKE POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENT AND ROUTEING DECISIONS. AFFECTED AREA: FIR KHARTOUM (HSSS) WITHIN THE POLITICAL BORDER OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN. EMERGENCY SITUATION: IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND MY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY.
Reference: AIP ENR 1.1
Issued: December 8, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English Minimum 25000 AGL in South Sudan territory.
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.
Reference: KICZ A0017/16
Issued: Aug 8th, 2016, valid until: Aug 8th, 2017
Plain English Exercise Caution below FL260
A0017/16 NOTAMN Q) KICZ/QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/005/259/ A) KICZ PART 1 OF 3 B) 1608081245 C) 1708082359 EST E) SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR SOUTH SUDAN THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WI OR OVER THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF SOUTH SUDAN AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE ONGOING FIGHTING IN SOUTH SUDAN. 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, WI, OR OVER THE ABOVE-NAMED AREA MUST REVIEW CURRENT SECURITY/THREAT INFORMATION AND NOTAMS; COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FAA REGULATIONS, LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION, MANAGEMENT SPECIFICATIONS AND OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS, INCLUDING UPDATING END PART 1 OF 3 A0017/16 NOTAMN Q) KICZ/QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/005/259/ A) KICZ PART 2 OF 3 B) 1608081245 C) 1708082359 EST E) B450; AND PROVIDE AT LEAST 72 HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE OF PLANNED FLIGHTS TO THE FAA AT AEO-CITEWATCH@FAA.GOV WITH SPECIFIC FLIGHT DETAILS WHENEVER POSSIBLE. IF A PERSON DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A HAS LESS THAN 72 HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE OF SUCH A FLIGHT, THAT PERSON MUST PROVIDE NOTICE TO THE FAA AT AEO-CITEWATCH@FAA.GOV AS FAR IN ADVANCE OF THE PLANNED FLIGHT AS POSSIBLE. C. OPERATIONS. EXERCISE CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS DUE TO THE POTENTIAL RISK FROM SMALL-ARMS FIRE, ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADES, ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE, AND SHOULDER-FIRED MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MANPADS). IN ADDITION, WHILE SOME ATTACKS HAVE BEEN INTENTIONAL, COMMAND AND CONTROL DEFICIENCIES AND/OR MISIDENTIFICATION OF AIRCRAFT HAVE LIKELY LED TO GOVERNMENT AND REBEL FORCES MISTAKENLY FIRING ON CIVIL AVIATION, PARTICULARLY ON THE GROUND AND AT LOW ALTITUDES. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A MUST REPORT SAFETY AND/OR SECURITY INCIDENTS TO THE FAA AT +1 202-267-3333. END PART 2 OF 3 A0017/16 NOTAMN Q) KICZ/QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/005/259/ A) KICZ PART 3 OF 3 B) 1608081245 C) 1708082359 EST E) THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS ADVISORY WILL BE RE-EVALUATED BY 8 AUG 2017. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS F) SFC G) FL259 END PART 3 OF 3
Reference: AIC 20/16
Issued: August 18, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Minimum FL240 in the entire HSSS/Khartoum FIR
From 27/03/2015 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 airspace of Sudan and South Sudan (HSSS FIR (KHARTUM)).
Reference: Research Article
Issued: 14 Jun, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Army of South Sudan ‘will shoot down aircraft’
At the start of this year, the South Sudan government declared: “The South Sudanese government has ordered its army to shoot down any aircraft flying across its airspace without permission, citing the increase of unauthorised incursions into the national airspace” Read article.