Syria Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: One – Do Not Fly
There are four countries that are categorized by Flight Service Bureau as Level 1 for Airspace risk, marked in red on the SafeAirspace map.
- North Korea
These four countries, three of which can subjectively be described as Failed States, form a large part of the Conflict Zone warnings in effect. All present moderate levels of risk to civil aviation.
We strongly recommend avoiding this airspace entirely. All countries have multiple warnings, and your country of registry is likely to have issued specific instructions not to penetrate these airspaces.
Each of the main information providers for Conflict Zone information – the US, UK, Germany, and France – has strong wording recommending avoiding landing or overflight.
Reference: KICZ NOTAM A0009/18
Issued: Apr 14, 2018, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Exercise caution within 200nm of the Damascus FIR due to military activity. Due to the strikes on Syria, possibility of GPS Interference, Communication jamming, and long-range surface to air missiles in the area.
NOTAM A0009/18 - SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR AIRSPACE IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO DAMASCUS FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (OSTT FIR). THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN OPERATING IN THE AIRSPACE WITHIN 200 NAUTICAL MILES OF THE DAMASCUS FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (OSTT FIR) DUE TO HEIGHTENED MILITARY ACTIVITY IN OR AROUND SYRIA. THIS MILITARY ACTIVITY MIGHT INCLUDE GPS INTERFERENCE, COMMUNICATIONS JAMMING, AND POSSIBLE ERRANT LONG-RANGE SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES ORIGINATING FROM SYRIAN TERRITORY, WITHIN THE OSTT FIR, AND STRAYING INTO ADJACENT AIRSPACE, THAT COULD POSE AN INADVERTENT RISK TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION OPERATING IN THIS REGION. TITLE 14, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, SECTION 91.1609, SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION NO. 114PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE DAMASCUS FIR REMAINS IN EFFECT. 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 OPERATE WITHIN 200 NAUTICAL MILES OF THE OSTT FIR SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION AND 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 IN THE ABOVE NAMED AREA DUE TO HEIGHTENED MILITARY ACTIVITY IN OR AROUND SYRIA AND THE POTENTIAL RISK TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION IN THE REGION. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A MUST REPORT ANY SAFETY/SECURITY INCIDENTS TO THE FAA AT ASH-AXE-CITE-WATCH@FAA.GOV OR +1 202-267-3333 OR 1-844-412-1794. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: https://www.faa.gov/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/SFC - UNL, 14 APR 00:16 2018 UNTIL PERM.
Reference: AIP 1.4.5
Issued: Jun 12, 2015, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Do not enter the airspace of the Syrian Arab Republic including Damascus FIR
Hazardous Situation in Syria Potential risk to aviation overflying from dedicated anti-aircraft weaponry. In accordance with direction under the Aviation Security Act 1982, UK registered operators so served shall not enter the territory and airspace (including Damascus FIR) of the Syrian Arab Republic. UK operators not currently subject to direction under the Aviation Security Act should contact UK Department for Transport before operating in this area. Contact UK Department for Transport +44 (0)207-944 4426 or +44 (0)207-944 5999 out of hours.
Reference: AIC 06/18
Issued: Feb 8, 2018, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Operators are not authorized to enter Syria (Damascus FIR) airspace.
From 31/07/2014 and until further notice, French carriers are requested not to authorize their aircraft to penetrate into the airspace of Syria (OSTT FIR (DAMASCUS)).
Reference: KICZ NOTAM A0001/18
Issued: Feb 14, 2018, valid until: Dec 30, 2018
Plain English: All flight operations in Damascus FIR are prohibited.
KICZ A0001/18 - SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FLIGHT PROHIBITION FOR SYRIA DAMASCUS (OSTT) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE ONGOING CONFLICT AND INSTABILITY IN SYRIA, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE DAMASCUS (OSTT) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) BY THE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW ARE PROHIBITED. THIS NOTAM IS AN EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED UNDER 49 USC 40113(A) AND 46105(C). THIS NOTAM WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL SUCH TIME AS TITLE 14, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, SECTION 91.1609, SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION NO. 114- PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE DAMASCUS (OSTT) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) IS REISSUED.
Issued: Jan 12, 2018, valid until: Jun 12, 2018
Plain English: Operators are prohibited from operating in the Damascus FIR.
B0046/18 (issued for EDMM EDGG EDWW) SECURITY SYRIA POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION FIR DAMASCUS OSTT. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY PROHIBITS GERMAN OPERATORS TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS DUE TO HAZARDOUS SITUATION WITHIN FIR DAMASCUS (OSTT). ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS AFFECTING THE SECURITY AND SAFETY OF THE AIRSPACE. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: 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. FURTHER INFORMATION: WEBSITE OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE OF GERMANY WWW.BMVI.DE, THEMEN/MOBILITAET/LUFT/KRISENMANAGEMENT.