Yemen 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: France AIC 06/18
Issued: Feb 08, 2018, valid until Ongoing
Plain English: Do not operate in the airspace of Yemen.
From 27/03/2015 and until further notice, French carriers are requested not to authorize their aircraft to penetrate into the airspace of Yemen (OYSC FIR (SANA’A)).
Reference: NOTAM B0296/18
Issued: Mar 01, 2018, valid until May 31, 2018
Plain English: Prohibited flights within FIR SANAA.
B0296/18 (issued for EDWW EDGG EDMM) SECURITY - YEMEN- POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION - FIR SANAA (OYSC) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY PROHIBITS GERMAN CIVIL AIR OPERATORS TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS WITHIN FIR SANAA (OYSC) WITH THE EXCEPTION OF AIRWAY N315 BETWEEN KUTVI AND ASPUX, AIRWAY UL425 BETWEEN BOVOS AND ASPUX, AIRWAY UM551 BETWEEN KIVEL AND ANGAL AND AIRWAY R401 BETWEEN KIVEL AND SUHIL. POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION DUE TO A STATE OF WAR INCLUDING MILITARY OPERATIONS, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS AND BALLISTIC MISSILE LAUNCHES. 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) .
Reference: AIP ENR 1.4.5
Issued: September 8, 2015, valid until Ongoing
Plain English: Do not overfly Yemen airspace
Hazardous Situation in Yemen Potential risk from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. Operators are strongly advised not to enter the territory and airspace of Yemen (Sana’a FIR). This advice does not apply to those aircraft operating on Airways N315, UL425 and R401. Contact UK Department for Transport +44 (0)207-944 4426 or +44 (0)207-944 5999 out of hours.
Reference: KICZ NOTAM A0029/17
Issued: December 14,2017, valid until: January 7, 2020
Reference: FAA SFAR 115
Issued: December 14,2017
Plain English: Do not overfly the SANAA (OYSC) FIR as noted in SFAR 115.
KICZ A0029/17 - SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FLIGHT PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN SPECIFIED AREAS OF THE SANAA (OYSC) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) 14 CFR 91.1611 SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION (SFAR) NO. 115— PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN SPECIFIED AREAS OF THE SANAA (OYSC) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON 14 DEC 2017 AND WAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS SFC – UNL; 14 DEC 11:55 2017 UNTIL 7 JAN 23:59 2020. CREATED 14 DEC 11:52 2017
This action amends the Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) that prohibits certain flights in specified areas of the Sanaa (OYSC) Flight Information Region (FIR) by all: United States (U.S.) air carriers; U.S. commercial operators; persons exercising the privileges of an airman certificate issued by the FAA, except when such persons are operating U.S.-registered aircraft for a foreign air carrier; and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft, except where the operator of such aircraft is a foreign air carrier. There has been a reduction in the level of risk to U.S. civil aviation operations in limited portions of the specified areas of the Sanaa (OYSC) Flight Information region (FIR) where the FAA had prohibited flight operations under the SFAR. As a result, the FAA is reducing the amount of airspace in the Sanaa (OYSC) FIR in which U.S. civil aviation operations are prohibited. However, there continues to be an unacceptable level of risk to U.S. civil aviation operations in the remainder of the specified areas of the Sanaa (OYSC) FIR, as described in this rule, resulting from terrorist and militant activity. Consequently, the FAA is also amending this SFAR to extend its expiration date. The FAA is also republishing, with minor revisions, the approval process and exemption information for this SFAR.