Yemen

Risk Level: One - Do Not Fly

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Yemen is another country with ongoing conflict. Overflying and operating to Yemen is off limits. There have been several ground to ground missile attacks from Yemen into Saudi Arabia. The oceanic portion of the OYSC/Sanaa FIR (Airways UT702, M999, N315, UL425, UM551 and R401) is excluded from most warnings, by nature of being offshore.

Current warnings list :

Source Reference Issued Valid to
Germany Notam B0921/20 15 May 2020 19 Aug 2020
France AIC 08/20 09 Apr 2020 Ongoing
USA SFAR 115 11 Dec 2019 07 Jan 2022
USA Notam KICZ A0030/19 11 Dec 2019 07 Jan 2022
UK UK AIP ENR 1.1 (1.4.5) 08 Sep 2015 Ongoing
Source: Germany
Reference: Notam B0921/20
Issued: 15-May-20, valid until: 19 Aug 2020
Plain English: German operators are prohibited from operating on airways over the Yemen landmass within the OYSC/Sanaa FIR.
B0921/20 (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
AIRWAY R401 BETWEEN KIVEL AND SUHIL

POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION DUE TO A STATE OF WAR INCLUDING MILITARY OPERATIONS, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, OPERATIONS BY UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) AND BALLISITIC MISSILE LAUNCHES.

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION: WEBSITE OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE OF GERMANY (https://www.bmvi.de/DE/Themen/Mobilitaet/Luft/Krisenmanagement/krisenmanagement.html).

20 MAY 00:00 2020 UNTIL 18 AUG 23:59 2020. CREATED: 15 MAY 12:28 2020
Source: France
Reference: AIC 08/20
Issued: 09-Apr-20, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Operators should avoid Yemeni airspace.
From 09/04/2020 and until further notice, French air carriers and aircraft owners registered in France are requested not to authorize their aircraft to penetrate into the airspace of Yemen (OYSC FIR (SANA’A)).
Source: USA
Reference: SFAR 115
Issued: 11-Dec-19, valid until: 07 Jan 2022
Plain English: US operators are prohibited from overflying the OYSC/Sanaa FIR except on oceanic airways UT702 and M999.
The FAA continues to assess that opposition elements in Yemen do not possess functional medium-/long-range strategic SAM capabilities or control territory from which surface-to-air weapons possessed by those opposition forces are capable of reaching air routes off the southern and western coasts of Yemen. Therefore, the FAA maintains without change the boundaries of its prohibition on U.S. civil aviation operations in the specified areas of the Sanaa FIR (OYSC). Operations on jet routes UT702 and M999 continue to be permitted.

Therefore, as a result of the significant continuing risks to the safety of U.S. civil aviation in the specified areas of the Sanaa FIR (OYSC), the FAA extends the expiration date of SFAR No. 115, § 91.1611, from January 7, 2020 until January 7, 2022. By this action, the FAA prohibits flight operations in the specified areas of the Sanaa FIR (OYSC) at all altitudes by all: 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 when the operator of such aircraft is a foreign air carrier.
Source: USA
Issued: 11-Dec-19, valid until: 07 Jan 2022
Plain English: As per SFAR 115, US operators are prohibited from overflying the OYSC/Sanaa FIR except on oceanic airways UT702 and M999.
KICZ A0030/19 - 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 11 DEC 2019 AND WAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/. SFC - UNL, 11 DEC 13:05 2019 UNTIL 07 JAN 23:59 2022. CREATED: 11 DEC 13:03 2019
Source: UK
Issued: 08-Sep-15, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Operators should avoid Yemen airspace, except airways N315, UL425 and R401.
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.