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. Worsening civil war. July 17: State of emergency declared for 4 states in the NW of the country. ‘Anti aviation weaponry’ 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 B0488/17
Issued: May 24, 2017, valid until: Aug 22, 2017
Plain English: Minimum FL260 over South Sudan
B0488/17 NOTAMR B0471/17 Q) EDXX/QAFXX/I /NBO/E /000/999/5110N01027E999 A) EDWW EDGG EDMM B) 1705241545 C) 1708221545 EST E) SECURITY...SOUTH SUDAN...POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - FIR KHARTOUM (HSSS) POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION WITHIN THE POLITICAL BORDERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN OVERFLYING FIR KHARTOUM BELOW FL260 AND TAKE OFF AND LANDINGS AT ALL AIRPORTS FROM DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION AND GROUND TO GROUND WEAPONRY. OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENTS AND ROUTEING DECISIONS. 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: AIP ENR 1.1
Issued: June 22, 2017, 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 A0018/17
Issued: Aug 8th, 2017, valid until: Aug 8th, 2018
Plain English Exercise Caution below FL260 and give 3 days’ notice if overflying.
KICZ A0018/17 - SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR SOUTH SUDAN THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN OR OVER THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF SOUTH SUDAN AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE ONGOING FIGHTING AND INSTABILITY 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. PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) WHO INTEND TO FLY INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN, OR OVER THE ABOVE-NAMED AREA MUST REVIEW CURRENT SECURITY/THREAT INFORMATION AND NOTAMS; ENSURE THEIR OPERATIONS SPECIFICATION, MANAGEMENT SPECIFICATION, OR LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION B450 IS CURRENT; TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE, PROVIDE ADVANCE NOTICE OF FLIGHTS, WITH SPECIFIC DETAILS, TO AEO-CITEWATCH@FAA.GOV AT LEAST 72 HOURS PRIOR TO TAKEOFF; AND 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 8 AUG 2018. BACKGROUND INFORMATION REGARDING THE HAZARDS TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION ASSOCIATED WITH THIS NOTAM IS AVAILABLE AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS. SFC-FL259; 8 AUG 12:40 2017 UNTIL 8 AUG 23:59 2018. CREATED: 8 AUG 12:48 2017
Reference: AIC 24/17
Issued: Aug 10, 2017, 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.