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 Sana’a FIR, including Airways 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 B1021/19 19 Nov 2019 19 Feb 2020
France AIC 03/19 24 Jan 2019 Ongoing
USA Notam KICZ A0029/17 14 Dec 2017 07 Jan 2020
USA SFAR 115 14 Dec 2017 07 Jan 2020
UK UK AIP ENR 1.1 (1.4.5) 08 Sep 2015 Ongoing
Source: Germany
Reference: Notam B1021/19
Issued: 19-Nov-19, valid until: 19 Feb 2020
Plain English: German operators are prohibited from operating on airways over the Yemen landmass within the OYSC/Sanaa FIR.
B1021/19 (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).

19 NOV 12:09 2019 UNTIL 19 FEB 23:59 2020. CREATED: 19 NOV 12:11 2019
Source: France
Reference: AIC 03/19
Issued: 24-Jan-19, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Operators should avoid Yemeni airspace.
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)).
Source: USA
Issued: 14-Dec-17, valid until: 07 Jan 2020
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
Source: USA
Reference: SFAR 115
Issued: 14-Dec-17, valid until: 07 Jan 2020
Plain English: Do not overfly the SANAA (OYSC) FIR.
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.
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.