South Sudan

Risk Level: Two - Danger exists

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The South Sudanese civil war has been ongoing 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, 2017: 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.

Current warnings list :

Source Reference Issued Valid to
Germany Notam B0873/19 23 Sep 2019 26 Dec 2019
France AIC 03/19 24 Jan 2019 Ongoing
USA Notam KICZ A0014/18 08 Aug 2018 08 Aug 2019
FSB Research Article 16 Jun 2016 Ongoing
UK UK AIP ENR 1.1 (1.4.5) 12 Jun 2015 Ongoing
Source: Germany
Reference: Notam B0873/19
Issued: 23-Sep-19, valid until: 26 Dec 2019
Plain English: Overflights should be at FL260 or above.
B0873/19 (Issued for EDWW EDGG EDMM)
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 (HSSS) BELOW FL260 INCLUDING LANDING, TAXIING, PARKING AND TAKE OFF AT ALL AIRPORTS FROM DEDICATED ANTI AVIATION AND GROUND TO GROUND WEAPONRY. CIVIL GERMAN AIR 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.

29 SEP 00:00 2019 UNTIL 26 DEC 23:59 2019. CREATED: 23 SEP 14:01 2019
Source: France
Reference: AIC 03/19
Issued: 24-Jan-19, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Overflights should be at FL240 or above, in the part of the HSSS/Sudan FIR above South Sudan.
From 24/01/2019 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 part of the KHARTOUM FIR (HSSS) above South Sudan.
Source: USA
Issued: 08-Aug-18, valid until: 08 Aug 2019
Plain English: Exercise caution blow FL260 and give 3 days notice if overflying.
A0014/18 NOTAMN
SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR THE REPUBLIC OF
SOUTH SUDAN
THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION
FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN OR OVER THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF
SOUTH SUDAN AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 DUE TO THE POTENTIALLY
HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY POLITICAL INSTABILITY AND FRAGILE
SECURITY 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; AND, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT
POSSIBLE, PROVIDE ADVANCE NOTICE OF FLIGHTS, WITH SPECIFIC DETAILS,
TO ASH-AXE-CITE-WATCH@FAA.GOV AT LEAST 72 HOURS PRIOR TO TAKEOFF.

C. OPERATIONS. EXERCISE CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS DUE TO THE
POTENTIAL RISK FROM SMALL-ARMS FIRE, ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADES,
HEAVY MACHINE GUNS, AND SHOULDER-FIRED MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE
SYSTEMS (MANPADS). AIRSPACE DECONFLICTION REMAINS A POTENTIAL
CONCERN DUE TO NUMEROUS THREATS TO SHOOT DOWN AIRCRAFT BY MULTIPLE
PARTIES IN SOUTH SUDAN. THE RISK TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION IS PRIMARILY
WHILE ON THE GROUND AND AT LOW ALTITUDES DURING APPROACH AND
DEPARTURE PHASES OF FLIGHT. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A
(APPLICABILITY) MUST 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
2019. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT:
HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS
SFC-FL259


Source: FSB
Issued: 16-Jun-16, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Army of South Sudan will shoot down aircraft.
Source: UK
Issued: 12-Jun-15, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Risk to aircraft overflying South Sudan airspace below FL250.
Hazardous Situation within or over the territory and airspace of South Sudan

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.