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Month: July 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Midweek Briefing 27JUL: Iceland Strike Over, Brazil Olympic Ops Update

Iceland Strike Over 27JUL It’s been promised a few times over the last few months but then closures continued – but what we can tell you is that: There was an agreement on July 18,  that appears to be holding. Read the article.

Brazil Olympic Ops Update 27JUL The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil is on 5AUG, in Rio de Janeiro. There are a ton of airspace restrictions, slot controlled airports, and changes from 19JUL-23SEP. Here is a summary.


LRBB/Bucharest FIR Crews have experienced several ‘fake’ calls on 121.5 within the Bucharest ACC airspace. No reports of control instructions being issued, but operators should be aware of the situation.

SKZZ/Colombia On 25 July, the Colombian health ministry declared the Zika epidemic to be over in the country. The epidemic began in September 2015 and peaked in March of this year. A total of approximately 100,000 Colombians were infected. While authorities believe outbreaks will continue, the number of cases reported is expected to continue to decline.

LTBA/Istanbul has issued a long list of restrictions to discourage additional flights from operating to LTBA. New requests for charter flights are denied. LTBA cannot be carried as an alternate on your FPL.

TNCC/Curacao has daily work on the main runway throughout August. Some closures and shortened lengths. Check for latest with Airport operations on CAP OPS(+5999) 8391030/31/32.

 

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Iceland ATC Strike Over

We say the words with trepidation, because it’s been promised a few times over the last few months but then closures continued – but what we can tell you is that:

  • There was an agreement on July 18,  that appears to be holding
  • There have been no closures of BIKF, BIRK, or BIRD in the last week or so.

With that in mind we think it’s safe to say that the strike is over, and it should be Ops normal through Iceland from now on.

US Customs and TSA fines higher

From August 1, fines and penalties for getting your CBP Arrival/Departure manifest wrong will increase. That means, screw up the eAPIS and you are looking at a fine of $1,312 instead of $1,100.

Similarly, the fee for non-compliance with landing requirements at designated ports of entry for aircraft transporting aliens (yes, they still use that word) was $3,200, and the penalty will now be $3,563.

Penalties for certain Transportation Security Administration (TSA) violations have also increased, from $10,000 to $12,865.

As usual there is an original source document published in Russian, available here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/pdf/2016-15673.pdf

Brazil Olympics – Ops Update

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil is on August 5, in Rio de Janeiro.

From July 19 – Sep 23 (because the Paralymic Games follow), there are a ton of airspace restrictions, slot controlled airports, and changes. So here’s the shortest current summary we can manage:

  1. The primary info doc is Brazil AIC 07/16. 122 pages and tough to read, to be honest.
  2. Slots: Airports:  SBBH, SBBR, SBCF, SBGL, SBGR, SBKP, SBRJ, and SBSP – but that may change according to traffic. ANAC (The Civil Aviation Authority) will allocate ATC slots for airlines and commercial aircraft. CGNA (The ATC Command Centre) will allocate slots for GA and private flights: centralslotsuporte@cgna.gov.br.
  3. Host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Rio, Salvador, Sao Paulo.
  4. Restrictions: Different colours, a multitude of restricted airspace all stemming from the AIC above. Nevertheless, apparently no changes to SID/STARs.
  5. Zika: Seems not to be the big deal it was before. Less mosquitoes in winter.
  6. Visas: June 1 – Sep 18 – US, Canada, Japan, Australia: no visa required for tourists. No change to crew visa requirements ( not required if on Gendec, in uniform)

Reference Links:

  • Main AIC: http://flightservicebureau.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Brazil-AIC-0716-Olympic-Games.pdf
  • ANAC – http://www.anac.gov.br/
  • CGNA Portal – http://portal.cgna.gov.br/?l=en_uk

 

Midweek Briefing 20JUL: Manila Runway Damage, Africa Hajj Routes Take Effect

Runway damage at Manila 20JUL The main runway at RPLL/Manila, RWY 06/24, was closed on Monday 18JUL after heavy rain caused large chunks of asphalt to disintegrate. Read the article.

Africa Hajj routes take effect Starting tomorrow, the Africa Hajj routes for 2016 will take effect in the Algiers, Accra, Brazzaville, Dakar, Kano, Khartoum, N’Djamena, Niamey, Roberts, and Tripoli FIR’sRead the article.


LTZZ/Turkey The FAA has cancelled KICZ Notam A0015/16, thereby lifting all the restrictions that were put in place on Friday night last. There are now no restrictions on US operators or FAA licensed crews operating to Turkey. Read full article

LIZZ/Italy The Italian ATC Strike that we’ve been listing for the last few weeks is now confirmed for Saturday 23JUL. The times vary a little for each unit – AIS and MET are out for the day, 0800-1600Z, other units are similar but some are just 1100-1500Z. As with previous strikes, overflights are unaffected, as are international arrivals. Some international departures are approved for exemption. If you are planning a flight to Italy on Saturday, expect some disruption, and check with handler/local airport in advance for specific situation for your flight.

GUZZ/Guinea has updated contact information for overflight and landing permit requests through the Air Navigation Agency (ANA) of Guinea. Primary email is now ana-dg@ana-guinee.com, and we suggest to copy diante223@yahoo.fr. Telephone is +224 622 68 44 52

LBPD/Plovdiv has fuel issues. If you need a large uplift, contact them in advance to confirm availability: operations@plovdivairport.com, or SITA PDVAPXH.

VTBB/Bangkok have an agreement with the Singapore ATFMU/Flow management unit. If operating BKK-SIN on a Saturday, then you’ll get a CTOT and must contact Bangkok ground/clearance 20 mins in advance to confirm you can make it.

 

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Runway Damage at Manila

The main runway at RPLL/Manila, RWY 06/24, was closed on Monday 18JUL after heavy rain caused large chunks of asphalt to disintegrate. One of the last aircraft to land, shown below, suffered damage to an inboard flap section.

At least 10 flights diverted to Clark International Airport (RPLC/CRK), 50nm northwest of the city.

The runway was tentatively reopened on Tuesday, but consideration to future similar issues should be given, if further rain occurs.

Flaps Damage

FAA rescinds Turkish ban – ops normal

Update: 18JUL - KICZ NOTAM cancelled, the restriction mentioned below is lifted ...

This article contains restricted content … full article available to OpsGroup members. 

Following the attempted coup in Turkey on 15JUL, the FAA has banned all US airlines, commercial operators, and pilots from flying into Turkey until the 1st of September, and says it will review that position on August 15th.

The ban applies to all airport within the Istanbul (LTBB) FIR and the Ankara (LTAA) FIR – which together cover the entire country, but does not prohibit entry into the FIR’s or overflying Turkey.

Further more, no direct flights are allowed between Turkey and any US Airport. This is independent of the country of registry of the aircraft, and so applies to all operators, N-reg and others.

Specifically, the ban affects all US Airlines and Air Carriers, US commercial operators, and private operators in that anyone using an FAA license may not operate to Turkey. The only exception applies to US pilots working for a foreign airline.

The ban was issued quickly in response to the Coup attempt, and because of the unstable situation in Turkey. We suspect that it may be removed more quickly than August 15th, but that depends on further developments there.

These are the primary international airports affected by the ban:

LTAC ESB Ankara
LTAF ADA Adana
LTAI AYT Antalya
LTAJ GZT Gaziantep
LTAN KYA Konya
LTAT MLX Malatya
LTAU ASR Kayseri
LTAZ NAV Nevsehir
LTBA IST Istanbul
LTBJ ADB Izmir
LTBR YEI Yenisehir
LTBS DLM Dalaman
LTCG TZX Trabzon
LTFE BJV Bodrum
LTFH SZF Samsun
LTFJ SAW Istanbul

 

The original NOTAM from the FAA, issued on Saturday morning,  is copied below.

 

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Midweek Briefing 13JUL: South Sudan off limits, New Zealand airport strike off

South Sudan off limits 13JUL The security situation in Juba, and South Sudan, has deteriorated in the last week, with HSSJ/JUB becoming off limits due to fighting. Read the article.

New Zealand airport strike off 13JUL A planned strike by Aviation Security across airports in New Zealand, which would have led to wide scale disruption, has been called off at the last minute. Read the article.


BGBW/Narsarsuaq Current hours are Monday to Saturday 1000-1900Z. If you want to plan a visit outside these hours, or even use BGBW as an alternate, get permission from bgbw@mit.gl in advance. There will be additional costs, especially heavy on a Sunday.

SBZZ/Brazil is the latest country to wield the threat of shooting down aircraft. Last month we reported on the same language from Sudan, in reference to overflight permits. Brazil’s firm stance is in relation to the Olympic Games, and says that unidentified aircraft that violate the protected airspace around facilities of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “We are not playing,” said Defence Minister Raul Jungmann. This is more of concern to a lost C172 than commercial flights (unlike Sudan, which is the reverse), but worth being aware of.

EGPZ/Poland has effectively dispensed with the Schengen agreement for now, expect full border controls at all international airports (ie. Passport check, Gendec).

EGPZ/Scottish FIR The military are carrying out some GPS jamming trials over the ocean from 12-29JUL. If you’re operating in the region of Benbecula VOR, especially west of it, be aware that your GPS might stop working.

OAKX/Kabul Aircraft in the eastern sections of the Kabul FIR can expect some radio issues, as a comm unit (VSAT at Ghanzi) is out of action. The advice from ATC in Afghanistan is to keep trying the assigned frequency until within range of a different transmitter; in the meantime, a bit of SLOP, IFBP and TCAS should keep you out of trouble. See full article.

MKZZ/Jamaica Significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of Dengue fever in Jamaica during the first half of 2016. Dengue fever is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year.

ENZZ/Norway FIR Plans are afoot to raise the transition altitude to 18,000ft. It’s an age old question, why does Europe have different TA’s, and the US has just one? Together with surrounding countries, and the Irish FAB, this looks to be changing – but it may take a little while. See Norway AIC 7/16.

YBBB/Brisbane FIR (and Melbourne) will be updating their software on the night of 20JUL, with a hefty 6 hour outage of CPDLC and all the other good stuff.

OAMS/Mazar-E-Sharif Fuel payment is now only accepted in cash.

NZZZ/New Zealand A planned strike by two airport workers’ unions and New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (Avsec) will now not go ahead. The unions sought increases in compensation, and negotiations on their demands will take place in the coming weeks. Read the article

EYPH/Paluknys is a new location indicator for the airport in Lithuania.

ZBDS/Edros – Ejin Horo, China will open to foreign flights this month. We did battle with AIP China for 30 mins to get further info but lost the fight. If you know more, tell us and we’ll share.

HSZZ/South Sudan The ceasefire announced on 11 July is holding. Juba International Airport (HSSJ/JUB) is open to charter operations; however, commercial flights have yet to resume. U.S. government aircraft evacuated personnel on 12 July; however, a security message issued by the embassy later in the day advised U.S. citizens to continue to shelter in place and not attempt to travel to the airport. Meanwhile, other countries, such as Japan, Uganda, and Germany plan to send military aircraft to evacuate their nationals.

SEZZ/Ecuador A large earthquake (6.4) struck on 10JUL just east of Muisne, on the northwest coast of Ecuador. The quake had a shallow depth and followed 10 minutes after another earthquake that had a magnitude of 5.9. Although strong tremors were reported in Esmeralda and Quito, there were no immediate reports of damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning following the quake.

UZZZ/Mt. Klyuchevskoy, Russia continues to produce ash that extends up to 25,000 feet. Movement is towards the east at 10 knots.

PZZZ/Pacific Two hurricanes to monitor: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Celia, located more than 1000 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, and on Tropical Storm Darby, located several hundred miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. Tropical Storm 05E (Darby) is on a strengthening trend…and may reach category 1 hurricane stage over the open ocean in a couple of days. For now both are expected to remain offshore.

DGZZ/Ghana African Union nationals whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with Ghana are now eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival for business and tourism. The visa-on-arrival program will be piloted for three months starting at Kotoka Airport and will be extended to other ports of entry in the future. Travellers can extend their visa upon expiry in Ghana, and business travellers can apply for a longer-term visa at a Ghanaian consular post.

BIZZ/Iceland ATC Strike continues, primarily affecting BIKF/Keflavik, BIRK/Reykjavik, and BIRD/Reykjavik Oceanic for International Operators. Restrictions on landing, eastbound, and westbound overflying traffic. Read the article

LTBB/Istanbul FIR If you’ve got some time on your hands, have a look at the Greece-Turkey great NOTAM argument of 2016. This is an almost annual performance, the equivalent of a street argument between two kids.. If you’re busy, just skip all of it when they appear on your Pre Flight Briefing for Turkey or Greece (which they will).

View the full International Bulletin 13JUL2016

The annual Greece v Turkey NOTAM battle

LTBB/Istanbul FIR If you’ve got some time on your hands, have a look at the Greece-Turkey great NOTAM argument of 2016. This is an almost annual performance, the equivalent of a street argument between two kids.

If you’re busy, just skip all of it when they appear on your Pre Flight Briefing for Turkey or Greece (which they will). Some of the highlights are below.

Obviously, this is a squabble that would be best for everyone to be kept out of the NOTAM database, but someone started it …

 

LTBB/ISTANBUL/SEHIR-CITY A2999/16 11JUL 0414Z
- NAVIGATIONAL WARNING TO ALL CONCERNED:
THIS NOTAM IS ISSUED TO CLARIFY THE A1490/16 LGGG NOTAM ISSUED BY 
GREEK CAA.

AS REGARDS THE GREEK NOTAM A1490/16, TURKEY DOES NOT ACCEPT THE 
DEFINITION OF THE SEARCH AND RESCUE (SAR) AREA WITH REFERENCE TO 
ATHENS FIR. THE AREA REFERRED TO IN THE SAID GREEK NOTAM FAALLS 
WITHIN TURKEY'S MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE REGION (SRR) AS DECLARED 
TO THE IMO AND INCLUDED IN THE IMO'S GLOBAL SAR PLAN. THEREFORE, ALL 
SAR EFFORTS/ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE TURKISH SRR MUST BE COORDINATED 
WITH THE RELEVANT TURKISH AUTHORITIES. 11 JUL 04:00 2016 UNTIL 14 JUL 02:30
2016. 

LGGG/ATHINAI A1496/16 11JUL 1201Z
- 
FURTHERMORE THE SAID ATHINAI/ISTANBUL FIR BOUNDARY WAS DEPICTED ON
CHART NUMBER 7 ATTACHED TO THE REGIONAL AIR NAVIGATION AGREEMENT
WHICH WAS REACHED IN THE THIRD REGIONAL AIR NAVIGATIONAL CONFERENCE
(PARIS 1952) AND SUBSEQUENTLY APPROVED BY THE ICAO COUNCIL ON 23
JUNE 1952.
ACCORDINGLY, GREECE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL ATM
SERVICES AND ICAO PURPOSES AS WELL AS FOR SAR OPERATIONS WITHIN
ATHINAI FIR/ HELLAS UIR, AS IS CLEARLY DEPICTED IN THE ICAO
AERONAUTICAL CHARTS, AND IS THE ONLY COMPETENT THEREIN NOT LEAVING
SPACE FOR MISLEADING OR MISINTERPRETATIONS.
CONSEQUENTLY, THE REF (B) TURKISH NOTAM A3009/16 LTAAYNYX (111139
EUECYIYN JUL 2016) HAS NO GROUND, CANNOT PRODUCE ANY INTERNATIONALLY
LEGAL EFFECT WITHIN ATHINAI FIR/ HELLAS UIR AND IS CONSIDERED NULL
AND VOID.
THE ONLY VALID AND EFFECTIVE NOTAM WITHIN ATHINAI FIR/HELLAS UIR
IS THE REF (A) A1495/16 LGGGYNYX ISSUED BY GREECE.
END PART 2 OF 2. 11 JUL 11:55 2016 UNTIL 14 JUL 02:30 2016.


LTBB/ISTANBUL/SEHIR-CITY A3022/16 12JUL 0740Z

- NAVIGATIONAL WARNING TO ALL CONCERNED:

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN TURKISH NOTAM A3009/16 REMAIN UNCHANGED AND 
IS VALID AND EFFECTIVE. THE GREEK NOTAM A1497/16 IS NULL AND VOID.

TURKEY ALSO WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT NO FURTHER EXPLANATION WILL 
BE GIVEN TO ANY OBJECTION RAISED TO TURKISH NOTAM A3009/16. 12 JUL 07:30 2016
UNTIL 14 JUL 02:30 2016. 


LGGG/ATHINAI A1497/16 12JUL 0545Z

- 
ACCORDINGLY, GREECE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL ATM
SERVICES AND ICAO PURPOSES AS WELL AS FOR SAR OPERATIONS WITHIN
ATHINAI FIR/ HELLAS UIR, AS IS CLEARLY DEPICTED IN THE ICAO
AERONAUTICAL CHARTS, AND IS THE ONLY COMPETENT THEREIN NOT LEAVING
SPACE FOR MISLEADING OR MISINTERPRETATIONS.
CONSEQUENTLY, THE REF (B) TURKISH NOTAMS A3012/16 AND A3009/16
LTAAYNYX (111250 AND 111139 EUECYIYN JUL 2016) HAVE NO GROUND,
CANNOT PRODUCE ANY INTERNATIONALLY LEGAL EFFECT WITHIN
ATHINAI FIR/ HELLAS UIR AND ARE CONSIDERED NULL AND VOID.
THE ONLY VALID AND EFFECTIVE NOTAMS WITHIN ATHINAI FIR/HELLAS UIR
ARE THE REF (A) A1495/16 AND A1496/16 LGGGYNYX ISSUED BY GREECE. 12 JUL 05:26
2016 UNTIL 14 JUL 02:30 2016. 

Comms problems in the Kabul FIR

Aircraft in the eastern sections of the Kabul FIR can expect some radio issues, as a comm unit (VSAT at Ghanzi) is out of action.

Frequencies affected:

  • 118.3
  • 128.5
  • 126.325

Airways

  • M696 (between GIDOG and LAJAK)
  • A453
  • G206
  • N644
  • L750
  • M875

The advice from ATC in Afghanistan is to keep trying the assigned frequency until within range of a different transmitter; in the meantime, a bit of SLOP, IFBP and TCAS should keep you out of trouble.

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