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Aircraft security search now a requirement departing France

Update July 20th: Looks like this is not only happening in France, but some other EU countries too: we’ve had reports of the same procedure being required at some airports in Italy, Greece, and the Netherlands. If you have any further knowledge or recent experience to share, please let us know! According to various reports […]

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Attention Shanghai: Typhoon inbound, jets must move out

Tropical Storm Ampil is heading towards China. The storm is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 typhoon before making landfall on Japan’s Ryukyu Islands on Saturday. Ampil is then expected to veer northwest toward China’s east coast. As of now, Shanghai is in the storm’s direct path. Both Shanghai airports ZSPD/Pudong and ZSSS/Hongqiao are now […]

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Eruption possible: Öræfajökull volcano, Iceland

The Department of Civil and Emergency Management in Iceland have issued a new status for Öræfajökull volcano saying that it shows clear signs of unrest. They added that the volcano is in typical preparation stage before an eruption. For more than 250 years Öræfajökull has been lying dormant. The volcano is covered with an ice […]

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Unsafe aircraft not welcome in Europe

Eurocontrol and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have brought live an automated system which alerts air traffic controllers when unsafe aircraft enter European airspace. How does it work? Network Management Director at Eurocontrol Joe Sultana, explained that “We have added another parameter to our system, and this is now checking if an aircraft coming from outside […]

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Italy ATC strike CANCELLED

Update 17 July: The 24hr ATC strike planned for July 21 has now been CANCELLED. Controllers at all the ACC sectors were planning to take part, and additional strikes were planned at the local level at at the following airports: LIRA/Rome Ciampino, LIRF/Rome Fiumicino, LIEE/Cagliari, LICC/Catania, LICA/Lamezia, LICJ/Palermo, LIBP/Pescara, LIPZ/Venice But now the strike has been cancelled. Normal ops now expected at all ACC’s […]

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Islands of the South Atlantic – enroute ETOPS and diversion options

Operating a flight across the South Atlantic is complicated by very limited en-route diversion options. There are only really three airports worth considering between Brazil and Africa, south of the equator. All have their own complexities. Your three best bets: Operational Considerations: FHAW/RAF Ascension Island Wideawake Airfield (FHAW) is a military facility operated jointly by the […]

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EU SAFA ramp checks NOT on the rise – but are you ready for one?

In Short: SAFA ramp checks are continuing at the normal pace. Avoid the common mistakes of Fuel/Calc and Flight Routing (with SID/STAR), PRNAV/RNAV-1, incorrect flight plans and TCAS 7.1. If you do get a finding, expect to get a follow up ramp check the next few times you visit, to ensure compliance. There have been […]

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No fuel at LFMN/Nice

Update July 9th: Following last week’s issues with a break in the fuel pipeline coming into the airport, local handlers are now saying there are no more issues with fuel supply and availability. However, some third-party fuel providers are warning they still cannot arrange fuel for BA/GA operators, and are advising them to tanker inbound. […]

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Customs now closed overnight at KBGR/Bangor

Bad news for trans-Atlantic operators! The Customs office at KBGR/Bangor Airport will now be closing each night from 22-06 local time (02-10z). They used to be open H24, which made Bangor a great option for trans-Atlantic operators wanting to clear U.S. Customs somewhere nice and straightforward overnight. Now with the new changes, you can still […]

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HLLL Tripoli FIR 2018 Operational Changes – Libya

UPDATE Tuesday, 3 July 2018: More chaos in the Libyan FIR. Malta are reporting severe limitations in the provision of air traffic services across Libyan airspace, as the Tripoli ACC is now operating from a contingency ATC operations room. They’re changing their frequencies without publishing it by Notam, and there are coverage limitations on the alternate […]

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Ongoing Bali volcanic threat – update

Update June 29, 2018: Following the volcanic eruption on Jun 28 at Bali’s Mount Agung, the airport has been closed all morning today, Jun 29, and only just reopened at 1430 local time (0630z). Over 500 flights have already been cancelled as a result. Big delays expected all day and into the weekend. Further closures […]

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LFMM/Marseille weekend ATC strike June 30 to July 2 – CANCELLED

Another French ATC strike has been announced for the LFMM/Marseille ACC, spanning the entire weekend June 30 – July 2. The strike will run from 0430z on Saturday 30th June to 0430z on Monday 2nd July. Key points: – It’s just the the controllers of the LFMM/Marseille ACC en-route airspace above FL145 who are on […]

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What do you Sphinx about this new airport?

We love new airports … and we have a cool one tell you about in Giza, Egypt – known as Sphinx International Airport (SPX, HESX)! It looks like it’s undergoing a “soft” opening of sorts. Word from handlers we have spoken to on the ground confirm it’s open for business (for the most part). Here […]

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Is Athens busy, or does it just hate Business Aviation now?

Summer parking restrictions at Greek airports are now in full swing. In previous years, it was mainly just the island airports that suffered, and airports on the mainland were used to reposition aircraft for longer stays. This year however, parking at LGAV/Athens is becoming a nightmare too. We’ve had several reports from Opsgroup members of […]

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Frustration with new Curacao FIR billing system

We have previously reported on TNCF/Curacao FIR denying airspace entry if you haven’t prepaid your navigation fees. Since then, more of our members have reported that the Dutch Caribbean – Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP) have been charging navigation fees for flights filed but not operated. If there was a mistake on the flightplan or […]

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Dash 8 set on fire in Papua New Guinea, airport closed indefinitely

AYMN/Mendi has been closed indefinitely after protesters set fire to and destroyed an Air Niugini Dash 8 aircraft, which had just arrived from Port Moresby. The protest was in response to a court ruling confirming the election of the Southern Highlands governor William Powi. Radio New Zealand reported: “(Initially) the local police station commander Gideon […]

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