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If you missed our weekend update: the ATC strike across west Africa and Madagascar has ended. Per the controllers union, ops normal now. Arrested controllers have been freed, suspended controllers reinstated. However, caution should still be taken by crews as controllers’ grievances remain unresolved – there will now be a further 10 days negotiations to try to settle the dispute. Check our article for full details. Dig
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VHHH/Hong Kong

Hong Kong has eased several passenger entry rules from Sep 26: mandatory hotel quarantine has been dropped, pax can now do a self-administered rapid antigen pre-departure test instead of a PCR test; and they can immediately leave the airport after undergoing an on-arrival PCR test. The crew rules haven’t been updated yet - non-locally based crew must isolate in the hotel on layover until their outbound flight. Dig
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WSZZ/Singapore

Expect trouble if trying to get into Singapore this week. The F1 event is happening there on Oct 2. WSSS/Changi is no longer accepting any new requests for GA/BA flights until Oct 3. WSSL/Seletar is the other option, but they have night-time closures for noise reasons, and several infuriating daytime closures to accommodate training flights. WMKJ/Johor Bahru is the third option, up the road in Malaysia, but that region has had some flooding over the weekend so if you’re headed there check the roads down to Singapore are passable. Dig
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ZKZZ/North Korea

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast on Sep 24, its first known test since June. It came after a US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea to participate in joint drills. South Korea published a Notam warning pilots of the launch, and to stay in contact with Incheon ATC. There is an ongoing threat to aircraft operating in the ZKKP/Pyongyang FIR and Sea of Japan due to unannounced launches and risk from falling debris. See safeairspace.net for more info. Dig
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LFZZ/France

Although the ATC strike for Sep 28-30 was cancelled, there’s still going to be some nationwide travel sector strikes on those dates, and some ATC controllers may join in. They don’t know how many, and they haven’t asked the airlines to cut schedules, but we can expect some level of disruption for flights during this period. The strike runs from 1600z on Sep 28 to 0500z on Sep 30. Dig
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KZZZ/USA

Hurricane Ian will pass close to the Cayman Islands today, where both MWCB/Cayman Brac and MWCR/Grand Cayman airports are now closed, and will then impact western Cuba from Sep 27-28. Most forecasts have Ian impacting the west coast of Florida from Sep 28-30 as a major storm - potentially a Cat 3 hurricane. Dig
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LHDC/Debrecen

The airport will be closed from Oct 3-10 for runway repairs. No flights will accepted during this time. Notam A4974/22 refers. Dig
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XASI/Asia

Typhoon Noru has passed through the Philippines into the South China Sea. There’s been some flooding around Manilla, but no reports of widespread damage. Expect delays at RPLL/Manilla today as aircraft return which were held back or diverted to other airports over the weekend. Noru is forecast to make landfall near VVDN/Da Nang in Vietnam on Sep 27 with winds of up to 85kts. Also watch out for possible impact at ZJSY/Sanya. Dig
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LFMT/Montpellier

The airport remains closed following an incident on Sep 24 when a cargo plane skidded off the runway. Flights are scheduled to resume on the afternoon of Sep 26.
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CZZZ/Canada

All the major airports have reopened following the passage of Hurricane Fiona in eastern Canada. CYQY/Sydney and CYYG/Charlottetown airports expect to reopen later today. There are still power outages and road closures across the region so double check with your local handler prior to operating in. Dig
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XAFI/

As of 1200Z today, the ASECNA strike action itself has ended. Per the controllers union, ops normal now. Arrested controllers have been freed, suspended controllers reinstated. However, caution should still be taken by crews as their grievances remains unresolved - both sides are now entering further negotiations for 10 days.

With so many FIR's, ACC's, and Terminal areas involved, the strike action has caused chaos in parts of African airspace. The heavy handed response by ASECNA, which included arresting striking controllers, has created a very sour atmosphere for ATC. This creates potential for lapses in judgement and safety concerns, even with the strike action over.

The major concern yesterday was the replacement of licensed controllers with military and other non-qualified staff, without any Notam or notification. Coordination between different units unreliable, and many ATC centres were confused as to what the situation was.

For now, ops normal to some degree again - but all crews should still take great care until things settle down. Dig
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XAFI/

A very dangerous situation is developing today in the African ATC strike. Crews and operators should be aware that in a number of FIRs/ACCs/Towers, the normal controllers have been replaced earlier today with unqualified and unrated people. In simple terms, the voice on the radio is NOT an Air Traffic Controller. From local sources we understand that GOOO/Dakar Oceanic and domestic, DXXX/Lome, FKKD/Douala all have unlicensed staff that have taken over the faciltiies. In FCBB/Brazzaville and FMCX/FMCH/Comoros, controllers have been arrested. In Niger and Madagascar, controllers have been suspended.

The situation is chaotic in many places and still developing. As of now, OPSGROUP recommends avoiding ALL ASECNA airspace unless you have certainty that the ATC service is licensed and safe, and until the situation is more clear. If you do have to operate through these FIR's, be careful and cautious. ASECNA controls these areas: FMMM/Antananarivo, FCCC/Brazzaville, GOOO/Dakar Oceanic and Terrestrial, DRRR/Niamey, FTTT/N’Djamena, and the airspace of Togo and Benin. We will update this further as we get more information. We also ask members to share any information they may have - email team@ops.group or WhatsApp the OPSGROUP Team at +1 747 200 1993
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LFLL/Lyon

The Lyon fuel Notams are back! How we missed them. The airport is low on fuel again, so they are recommending everyone tanker in for the next few days - especially if you’re headed in on the afternoons, after all the morning traffic has already plundered the stocks.
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TBPB/Bridgetown

Maintenance work has been extended, so there are more overnight closures planned from 2200-0700 local time (0200-1100z) until Oct 20. Notam A1822/22 refers. You might still be able to get in during the closures - send a request to the local handler aviation@iamjetcentre.com for permission.
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XAFI/

The ATC strike in West Africa and Madagascar is now underway, and is scheduled to continue until 0800z on Sep 25. For flights in these regions, the Contingency Plan now applies. The strike is also affecting flights in neighbouring airspace of GCCC/Canarias and DAAA/Algiers - where there are now some rules and restrictions on flight planning until the strike is over. Check our article for details. Dig
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VABB/Mumbai

Mumbai airport will be closed during the day on Oct 18. Notam A1400/22 says both runways will be closed due post monsoon preventative maintenance from 0530-1130z (1100-1700 local time).
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TZZZ/Caribbean

Keep an eye on tropical storm Nine. It is developing south of Jamaica and is forecast to track northwest towards Cuba, bringing category 2 hurricane conditions across the Caribbean through to at least Sep 27. Dig
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RJZZ/Japan

Japan is reopening borders for individual tourist travel from Oct 11. Visa free entry for those countries it applies to will resume, and arrival caps will be removed. There’s also some talk that the entry requirements will also be eased (i.e. proof of vaccination, testing, quarantine, etc) but no firm details on that yet…
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NSZZ/Samoa

Samoa is dropping all Covid related travel restrictions. Pax and crew will no longer require any proof of vaccination, pre-testing, or declarations to enter. There will also no longer be any testing of travellers arriving at NSFA/Faleolo airport. The announcement came on Sep 21, but the official government site with all the entry rules still hasn’t been updated yet, so watch this space… Dig
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LFZZ/France

The French ATC strike threatened for Sep 28-30 has been cancelled, after an agreement was reached yesterday between the union and employers. Normal ops now expected for this period. Dig
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RJZZ/Japan

A state funeral will be held in Tokyo for the former Prime Minister on Sep 27. From Sep 24-29, no non-commercial or general aviation will be accommodated at RJTT/Haneda unless approved though diplomatic channels. Some disturbances on the ground from protests are expected, and security across Tokyo will be increased. Dig
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RJZZ/Japan

Entry rules in Japan are different for pax and crew. For pax, head here. For crew, head here. To avoid hotel quarantine, crew who have been in a 'blue' listed country within the past 14 days need to be either vaccinated (3 doses) or get a PCR test issued within 72hrs of departure. Crew who have been in 'yellow' countries must be vaccinated - they don't have the option of a PCR test. You can see the list of yellow countries here. Crew don’t need to complete the form at the MySOS site, and they don’t need to get a visa in advance - they get issued a shore pass on arrival. Dig
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VCBI/Colombo

Notam A0697/22, valid until Oct 6, says scheduled flights can now uplift 75 percent of their required fuel at VCBI/Colombo. Unfortunately non-scheduled flights remain restricted and should confirm in advance what is available for them. Email flightpermission@caa.lk.
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NZAA/Auckland

There is an issue with getting fuel at short notice at Auckland for private and non-sched aircraft due to serious staff shortages amongst the fuel tanker drivers. FBOs are asking operators to give as much prior notice as possible of fuel uplifts and to not change the fuelling time arranged. When peak airline movements occur there can be major delays in refuelling.
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XAFI/

The African ATC mega strike is back on! The strike is planned for 48 hours, starting Sep 23 at 0800z, and will include ATC in the following: the FIRs of FMMM/Antananarivo, FCCC/Brazzaville, GOOO/Dakar Oceanic and Terrestrial, DRRR/Niamey and FTTT/N’Djamena; and the airspace of Togo and Benin. Flights should plan contingency routes and flight levels - check our article for details. Dig
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LFZZ/France

There is another military exercise planned for France, from Sep 28 to Oct 13. It closes some of the LFRR/Brest FIR which may impact southerly NAT crossings. Read the SUP for more info on when and where and what. Dig
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EBBR/Brussels

Strike announced in EBBR, Airport advised that they foresee only 50% of the staff to come to work. Delay is foreseen due to lack of handler qualified staff.
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ORZZ/Iraq

The US FAA has extended its airspace warning for Iraq by two years, to 26 Oct 2024. There’s no change to the warning: US operators are prohibited from overflying the ORBB/Baghdad FIR below FL320 due to risks posed by military activity, and terrorist attacks against airports. Check the updated SFAR 77 for some updated background info on the risks. Dig
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OIZZ/Iran

The US FAA has extended its airspace warning for Iran by two years, to 31 Oct 2024. There’s no change to the warning: US operators are prohibited from overflying the OIIX/Tehran FIR due to the risk of misidentification, and unannounced military activities in the region. Check the updated SFAR 117 for some updated background info on the risks. Dig
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TZZZ/Caribbean

Hurricane Fiona is currently passing over the Turks and Caicos Islands as a Category 3 Hurricane, with winds of around 100kts. All airports there are closed until Sep 21. It looks like MDLR/La Romana is the only airport in the Dominican Republic that remains closed, after Fiona passed through there yesterday. Forecasts suggest the storm will make a close approach to Bermuda from Sep 22-23 at similar strength, and will make landfall on Newfoundland as a Category 1 hurricane on Sep 24. Dig
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MPZZ/Panama

Panama has lifted all Covid related travel restrictions as of Sep 16. Pax and crew no longer require any proof of vaccination, pre-testing, or declarations to enter. Dig
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TVZZ/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Authorities have lifted all Covid related travel restrictions as of Sep 18. Pax and crew no longer require any proof of vaccination, pre-departure tests, health declarations, or quarantines.  Dig
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LSGG/Geneva

Geneva’s single runway will be closed for repairs overnight between 2200-0400z (0000-0600 local time) on Sep 22, and again on Sep 28 & 29. So don’t use it as an alternate - diversions won’t be accepted. Notams A0604/22 and A0605/22 refer.
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LROP/Bucharest

Bucharest have extended their parking restrictions until Dec 17. Non-scheduled flights are not allowed to stay for more than 6 hours unless they park at the GAT on Apron 3 (A4151/22). And for all flights - best not plan to arrive overnight 20-06z, or you may have to wait on a taxiway for a parking stand to become available (A4150/22). One other thing - it’s single runway ops until Sep 30 as RWY 08R/26L is closed for maintenance (A3907/22).
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MTCH/Cap Haitien

The airport has no fuel available right now, and don’t expect to have any until Oct 3. Notam A0033/22 refers.
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XNAT/North Atlantic

The French ATC strike is having a knock on effect in other regions, including the NAT HLA. T9 southbound, T290 northbound, T213 and T13/T16 are seeing a much higher than normal demand. To manage it, anying routing from Shanwick to/from Canaries, Madeira and Portugal or Spain should plan the published routes, otherwise you may receive a much lower flight level. There is more information on the Eurocontrol portal, and available here. Dig
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LHBP/Budapest

The airport is down to single runway ops until Oct 17. RWY 13L/31R is closed for maintenance, along with the cargo apron and several taxiways. See the attached doc for full details. Dig
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EGNV/Teesside

Do you ever fly to Teeside? You might use it as an alternate for EGNT/Newcastle? No? well we’re going to tell you anyway - they are about to get some new RNAV approaches. Look out for chart changes between Sep 21 and the end of the year.
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LLBG/Tel Aviv

Israel have their Day of Atonement on Oct 4-5 and during this, LLBG/Tel Aviv airport will be closed. In fact, the whole Tel Aviv FIR will be closed. So on Oct 4 the last arrival/departure will be at 1400, and on Oct 5 the first arrival/departure will be at 2230/2330 respectively (all times local). Dig
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SARP/Posadas

The airport was closed from June 15 to Sep 16 for major runway works. Notam A4282/22 extends the WIP until Oct 5. SARI/Puerto Iguazu and SARC/Corrientes are probably the best alternates to look at.
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ORBI/Baghdad

A citywide curfew is in force, and Iraqi security forces are expected to remain active in the city through October. Clashes between opposing political groups, and the government, continue. Protests and riots are occurring regularly and it is extremely volatile. The overflight risk remains unchanged, but operating into ORBI/Baghdad should be avoided.
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SPJL/Juliaca

The airport will be closed from Sep 19 to Oct 5 while it has construction works going on. Notam A3958/22 is the one to check. The closest big airport option is probably SPZO/Cusco (which helpfully has a direct train), you also have SPQU/Arequipa and SLLP/La Paz.
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MSZZ/El Salvador

El Salvador has just extended its state of emergency for another 30 days, for the 6th time. It started with the government attempting to combat gang related crime, but since then they have started to restrict civil liberties and make mass arrests. If you are operating be prepared for the security measures that may be in place, and caution heading into the country is advised.
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HEGN/Hurghada

Someone pointed out Notam W0930/22 to us. It says the airport will be closed on a bunch of dates through September (17, 20, 24, 27) between 7-13 and between 14-20z for military stuff. The whole CTR is impacted.
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UDZZ/Armenia

Waypoints have now reopened along the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Russia said it brokered a ceasefire to end the latest fighting between the two countries. Some flights between Europe and Asia are now overflying the border region again, whilst others are continuing to detour through Georgian airspace to the north. Any further large-scale ceasefire violations may present a risk to overflights in the border region. Dig
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UBZZ/Azerbaijan

Waypoints have now reopened along the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Russia said it brokered a ceasefire to end the latest fighting between the two countries. Some flights between Europe and Asia are now overflying the border region again, whilst others are continuing to detour through Georgian airspace to the north. Any further large-scale ceasefire violations may present a risk to overflights in the border region. Dig
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CYOW/Ottawa

There was a Notam warning of reduced ground services during the summer season with delays of over 5 hours if parking, fuelling and ground handling services were not secured in advance. This notam expired Sep 13. We’ve checked with some agents and they aren’t aware of ongoing issues, but continue to confirm services in advance just in case.
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VHHH/Hong Kong

There are new crew rules from Sep 10. Minor changes for locally-based crew, and foreign crew who work for local airlines and operators. But the main rules for non-locally based crew haven’t changed: they need to be vaccinated, take a Covid test before arrival, and must isolate in the hotel on layover until their outbound flight. Dig
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GMZZ/Morocco

Back in 2019, Morocco implemented Free Route Airspace in the Agadir FIR, at night, between FL195-660. From October, this should be available H24. The Casablanca FIR will have FRA implemented at a future date. You may already receive directs, the main change will be in the flight planning stage.
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HAZZ/Ethiopia

Reports of conflict in the Tigray region continue, with airstrikes against the capital, Mekele reported on Sep 13. Airspace of northern Ethiopia remains restricted, with overflights prohibited at FL290 or below. See Safeairspace for a full account of the situation. Dig
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CYYZ/Toronto

Bizav folk will need to plan ahead if wanting to operate to CYYZ/Toronto this fall because they have construction on and are planning on capping slots. Read our mini post here for all the info. Dig
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NZZZ/New Zealand

From Sep 13, passengers and crew will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination to enter New Zealand. This applies to people travelling from anywhere in the world. All Covid testing and quarantine requirements were dropped back on Aug 1. So essentially now it’s back to ops normal in NZ. Dig
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NSFA/Faleolo

The airport is running a little low on fuel, and the next tanker is only expected around Sep 29. Notam P0437/22 advises that until 4 Oct, unscheduled flights won’t get any and scheduled flights will be restricted. So check in advance to see if they can provide fuel, or tanker in. Contact the Samoa Airports Authority at tlam@saa.ws for more info.
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VGZZ/Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party is planning a bunch of rallies in Dhaka from Sep 10-27. On Sep 13 their demonstrations may be around VGHS/Dhaka airport. There is likely to be a lot of extra security throughout the rally dates, and disruption to ground transport is possible so just take care if on the ground.
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KJPX/

The airport everyone seems to be fighting over has some new RNP approaches, effective Sep 8. Operations have continued as normal here (since the outcome is still undecided) so a reminder if you’re flying in to observe the (voluntary) curfew, routes and NABT procedures.
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EDVE/Braunschweig

SAFA Check upon arrival. The check took over an hour even though we readily supplied all docs and answers all questions quickly. Felt like they were going to keep digging till they found something, they did. They called it a level two finding, it will be removed once we provide a updated doc. We were given breathalyzer tests! The crew was as pleasant as we could be, but were admittedly aggravated by the end of this check. We felt like it was a little bit over the top.
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EZZZ/Europe

EASA have just delayed their ELT mandate by 2 years. Here is a link to the postponement. It was due Jan 1 2023 and would have required aircraft with MTOW over 27,000kg (59,500 lbs) to be equipped with an ELT (DT) meeting their specifications. Now this will apply on Jan 1 2025, to all aircraft with an airworthiness cert issued on or after Jan 1 2024. Dig
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ORZZ/Iraq

The UK has updated its airspace warning for Iraq, and now the guidance is nice and simple: overflights of the ORBB/Baghdad FIR should be at FL320 or above. This supersedes the info in the UK AIP which says that overflights should be on airways UL602 to ALPET, UM860 and UM688, when operating above 25,000ft AGL. Dig
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LFMN/Nice

The Monaco Yacht Show takes place this year from Sep 28 - Oct 1. Obviously we’re more into airplanes here, but a major yacht show in one of the most wealthy, boaty places in the world means the airport might also get busy during these dates. I mean, if you have a private yacht, chances are you have an airplane too… So confirm parking availability if heading in unplanned, or at short notice.
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RCZZ/Taiwan

Taiwan is resuming visa free entry for a bunch of countries from Sep 12, this includes the US, UK and Australia. All travelers must still submit an online Quarantine System for Entry form within 48 hours before entry, but air crew who have received a booster jab are exempt from quarantine but still need the 5 and 7 days ‘health self-management’ and a PCR test on arrival.
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LLBG/Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport is banning all 4 engine aircraft. Well, they’ve specifically said the Boeing 747 and A380s, but it is for environmental and noise reasons so if you fly another four engine aircraft (A340, Avro RJ etc) you might want to check into the restrictions which come into force 31 Mar 2023.
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ORBB/Baghdad ACC

Iraq is warning operators to expect GPS jamming on approach to ORER/Erbil Airport, as well as for overflights heading southbound in the northern part of Iraq along airway UM688 from RATVO to VAXEN. ORBB Notam A0546/22 refers. UM688 is one of the few airways in Iraq considered acceptable for overflights above FL320 (UM860 and UL602 are the other ones), but there is a risk to aircraft operating throughout the FIR at all levels. Dig
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LOWW/Vienna

There’s a fuel shortage at the airport due to an issue at the refinery. If you can avoid refueling there they’d be very happy with you, so consider tankering in, and avoid planning LOWW for fuel tech stops. Notam A1936/22 has the info, with the estimated end date of Oct 31.
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SBGR/Sao Paulo

Runway designations will be changing from 09/27 to 10/28 from Sep 8, and 9 respectively. Look out for new markings and signs. The Jepp charts have already been updated, so make sure you’ve got the latest ones if operating in.
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GLZZ/Liberia

Apparently two airlines have canceled flights to Liberia because of rising operational costs. These costs are mostly due to rising fuel prices in the country, but the geopolitical situation is also a contributing factor. GLRB/Monrovia-Roberts is the main international airport for Liberia.
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VMMC/Macau

Macau is lifting an entry ban on foreign passengers from 41 countries from Sep 1, including the US, Canada, and most of Europe. The rules are still pretty tight though - everyone needs to be vaccinated, take a test 48hrs before departure, and undergo seven days of hotel quarantine on arrival. The same rules apply to crew wanting to do overnight stops. Transit crew only need to show a PCR test result. Contact local handler macaubac@skyshuttlehk.com for more info. Dig
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HCZZ/Somalia

There have been reports of multiple explosions across Mogadishu city. None have directly impacted the airport but the situation is extremely volatile. In August, there was a major terrorist attack on an airport hotel. Operations to HCMM/Mogadishu should be avoided at this time. Dig
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EZZZ/Europe

The EU is pushing to remove the 80/20 slot use waiver. While this only directly impacts airlines, it is due to rising traffic levels and may mean slots for adhoc flights become more difficult to obtain. The change will likely come into force for the winter season, so start booking those slots early if needed.
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EZZZ/Europe

Keep an eye on the Eurocontrol Network Operations portal through September, because there are a lot of military exercises planned. Currently, the UK, Turkey, France and Spain all have some listed.They generally result in low operational impact, but do mean bits of airspace you might normally use are closed, so it is worth checking for those flight plans. Dig
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GFZZ/Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has introduced a new security fee that will be charged to all arriving and departing passengers to any of their international airports. It is 25 USD dollars each time you go through security and will help pay for new infrastructure and security tools.
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HLZZ/Libya

There are reports of clashes between rival militia groups across Libya, mainly focused around Tripoli. Operations may be suspended to HLLM/Mitiga international airport with little notice. Libya remains an active conflict zone with significant risk to civil aviation. We suggest the HLLL/Tripoli FIR is avoided entirely. Dig
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EIDW/Dublin

Dublin’s new runway saw its first flight on Aug 24. All the approaches, SIDs, STARs etc for 10L/28R are also active (from Aug 19 in fact). Check out our little post on it here for more info on what Dublin now has to offer. Dig
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ZZZZ/Worldwide

EASA has updated its guidance for ramp checks, effective Aug 1. The big change is they’ve added a whole new section on alcohol testing. The guide looks different too - it’s no longer split into SAFA and SACA sections, it’s now just one guide for everyone, with four types of inspections depending on who you are (private, commercial, EU operator, non-EU operator). This guidance applies to ramp checks to all countries in Europe, plus Australia, Canada, Morocco, Singapore, Qatar and the UAE. Dig
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VCZZ/Sri Lanka

Improving situation in Sri Lanka regarding fuel availability. Limited stocks are available again at the main airports (VCBI/Colombo, VCRI/Mattala, VCCC/Ratmalana) but private and charter flights need to contact flightpermission@caa.lk to confirm in advance how much they want to uplift. Security is still a concern for overnight stops - most countries still advise against non-essential travel to Sri Lanka due to the impacts of the economic crisis and the potential for civil unrest.
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DIZZ/Ivory Coast

More a mini FYI because it probably won’t make a huge difference to you, but if you operate regularly into Cote d’Ivoire then be aware that with the exception of the three biggies DIAP/Abidjan, DIPK/Bouake and DIYO/Yamoussoukro, the majority of other domestic airports are closed until further notice (or at least their runways are). Dig
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MUMZ/Manzanillo

There’s no fuel available until Oct 28, according to notam A2275/22. Only a regional airport but you might use it for an alternate so watch out if you also need fuel.
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OPZZ/Pakistan

Heavy monsoon rainfall continues to cause flooding across many parts of Pakistan. The government has said around one third of the country is currently under water. Local agent Avicon has reported that all international airports in Pakistan are currently fully operational except OPNH/Nawabshah which is only used as an alternate of OPKC/Karachi.
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TAZZ/Antigua and Barbuda

Effective Aug 29, Antigua and Barbuda have removed all Covid-related restrictions. Travelers are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or Covid tests prior to arrival. Dig
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KLEX/Lexington KY

The TAC air FBO at the airport is now Signature. All signage is still TACair, but this will get changed in Oct.
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ORZZ/Iraq

Several countries are suspending flights to Iraq, and advising citizens to leave urgently as clashes have escalated within the country. ORBI/Baghdad is particularly volatile at this time and extreme caution should be taken if operating in. The overflight risk remains unchanged - several countries have airspace warnings advising against operating in Iraqi airspace at the lower flight levels. Dig
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ZZZZ/Worldwide

ICAO have released some information on the MonkeyPox situation, which after Covid most folk are hoping will just go away. The way it is spread is, well, not quite the same as Covid so long story short, no need to worry, but in case you want some stats they are available here. Dig
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HAZZ/Ethiopia

There has been an increase in clashes in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region lately, despite a ceasefire agreed earlier in 2022. Airspace in the north of the country should be avoided, where Ethiopia has a Notam in place banning all flights at FL290 and below, and several states maintain active airspace warnings.
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KGTF/Great Falls

The CBP office has changed their hours of availability for clearances. We’re not sure what the old hours were, but if it’s a tech stop or port of entry you use now and then, then check out their new hours so you’re not caught short. Dig
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FZZZ/Democratic Republic of the Congo

There is a scarcity of aviation fuel across the DRC which has led to several airlines, including the national carrier, to reduce flights. There is a fuel limitation in place for foreign airlines until at least the end of September.
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CYUL/Montreal

The biggest of the big ICAO meetups that takes place every 3 years, is taking place this year in Montreal from Sep 27- Oct 7. A lot of folk from a lot of places will be zooming over to CYUL/Montreal for this so check your parking plans in advance to ensure some ICAO VIP hasn’t stolen your spot.
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MWZZ/Cayman Islands

Effective Aug 24, the Cayman Islands have lifted all remaining Covid-related travel restrictions. Proof of vaccination, pre-travel testing, and declarations will no longer be required for entry. Facemask mandates have also been lifted. Dig
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CZZZ/Canada

NBAA report potential delays for ops to Canada when trying to call CANPASS for approval prior to departure. For pre-approved travellers from the US, signing up to the ‘Corporate Aircraft’ and ‘Private Aircraft’ programs can speed up this process. Renewals for these programs have been extended to Oct 1 for permits that expired during the pandemic. Dig
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HCZZ/Somalia

There was a major terrorist attack on a hotel in Mogadishu on August 20 – very close to the airport. There’s been no change to the security situation there, it is still dangerous. The US Dept of State firmly says avoid - be mindful of diversions there if using the new Class A airspace for overflights. Dig
Top foxes Fox Command

HEAL/Al Alamain

OPSGROUP Member report that the Jeppesen charts aren’t accurate – they only contain info for a single runway (13/31), while there are two in use with the same length. On landing, the parking and taxiway layout were not the same as what has been published. Apparently, the info can’t be updated until the Egyptian AIP is updated.
Top foxes Fox Command

ZSZZ/China

ZPPP/Kunming and ZYHB/Harbin airports have Notams in place advising no overnight parking available for GA/BA aircraft, until Jan 1 and Oct 7 respectively. Keep an eye on ZUUU/Chengdu and ZJHK/Haikou airports as well, as they sometimes announce similar restrictions too.
Top foxes Fox Command

DNZZ/Nigeria

Emirates will suspend flights to Nigeria starting Sep 1, due to being unable to repatriate their funds from ticket sales. In May, IATA reported that foreign airlines were unable to repatriate about $450 million in earnings, which Nigeria is holding due to a shortfall of foreign currency. For ops to Nigeria any time soon, looks like it’s worth considering payment in advance for services.
Top foxes Fox Command

ZKZZ/North Korea

North Korea launched two cruise missiles towards the West Sea on Aug 17. There are no reports of damage or disruption to aviation in the area. There is an ongoing threat to aircraft operating in the ZKKP/Pyongyang FIR due to unannounced launches and risk from falling debris. See safeairspace.net for more info. Dig
Top foxes Fox Command

EZZZ/Europe

The volcanic ash contingency exercise VOLCEX22 will take place Nov 17 between 08-16z, simulating an eruption of Pico del Teide (Canarias, Spain) which would produce a simulated ash plume that was expected to impact a large area including the Mediterranean, mainland Europe, the Balkans and the North Sea. If you spot any volcano related sigmets or notams which contain VOLCEX22 do not take action on them - they are tests related to the exercise. Dig
Top foxes Fox Command

EGLL/London Heathrow

Heathrow is extending its passenger cap until Oct 29, but good news is they are seeing improving ‘resource’ levels, and if they improve enough they’ll drop the cap early. GA/BA flights can still potentially get slots if you talk to an FBO, but do it early because they’re hard to come by.
Top foxes Fox Command

OYAA/Aden

The airport had a notam advising of works until August 15. This has disappeared, but some new notams advising that ILS 08 and 50 percent of the approach light system is u/s until Dec 31. A0047/22 and A0025/22 are the ones to read.
Top foxes Fox Command

KMFR/Medford

Rogue Valley airport in Medford will close for runway repairs from 12am on Sep 13 to 9am on Sep 14. Outside of this 33hr closure, the runway will also be closed from midnight to 5am on weekdays throughout Sep. Dig
Top foxes Fox Command

EZZZ/Europe

The EBAA reports that the EU-LISA program has been officially postponed. The EES bit (the Entry/Exit System - the digital system to replace the manual stamping of passports at the border) will start in May 2023, although passports will continue to be stamped during the following 3 months. Then the ETIAS bit (the European Travel Information and Authorisation System - the thing where operators have to verify that their pax have valid pre-travel authorisation, similar to the ESTA system in the US) will likely start in Nov 2023. Dig
Top foxes Fox Command

EGGX/Shanwick Oceanic OCA

ICAO have published an updated NAT Doc 006, effective Aug 2022. This document details the contingency procedures on the North Atlantic when ATC goes down for any reason. The document has basically been tidied-up and streamlined - so it’s now only 59 pages long, instead of 144. One thing to note: all the crew procedures have been removed, as they will shortly be moved over to the NAT Doc 007 (so we can expect an updated version of that soon too!) Dig
Top foxes Fox Command

KVNY/Van Nuys

The ‘new’ runway has finally opened at Van Nuys airport. 16L/34R has been completely rebuilt with additional lighting and safety measures included.
Top foxes Fox Command

VHHH/Hong Kong

It’s rare, but HK has eased its passenger quarantine rules. International arrivals now only need to spend three days in hotel quarantine when they arrive, rather than a week. Dig
Top foxes Fox Command

CYOW/Ottawa

A NOTAM states diversions to YOW may cause delays over 5 hours of services are not secured with providers. Dig
Top foxes YYZ8

EBCI/Charleroi

The AIP has recently changed (EBCI AD 2.4) and now the airport must not be used as an alternate in flight plans unless prior agreement has been arranged with the airport - booking handling in advance is compulsory. Contact the airport at ga@charleroi-airport.com for more info.
Top foxes BRU7

EGZZ/United Kingdom

Starting from 1st Oct 2021, European citizens, including those from Switzerland, Iceland and Norway, must present their passports when entering the UK - they can no longer enter just by showing their ID card. Until the end of 2025 there will be a few exemptions, including for Irish citizens. Dig
Top foxes BRU7

LIRS/Grosseto

Fuel needs to be arranged strictly 24 hours in advance. The fuel truck needs to come by truck from LIRA/Rome - they refused our request made 23hrs45 min before flight!
Top foxes BRU7

TNCF/Curacao ACC

As business aviation operator we had a flight denied to enter TNCF/Curaco FIR because the nav fees were not paid in advance. We had to reroute in flight. To avoid that, sign up and prepay. Dig
Top foxes BRU7

EDDB/Berlin Schoenefeld

After landing at EDDB local inspectors came aboard and asked to see licenses, medicals, registration, airworthiness certificate, insurance, etc. It was not a SAFA check. They were very nice and it only lasted about 10 minutes.
Top foxes Mole

KBOI/Boise

We flew inbound on Part 91 international flight with the owner/local business man and his family who were on a weeks vacation. CBP was very rough and rude - passengers said they felt harassed and handled like criminals - small children commanded to open their luggage so CBP could rummage through their clothes. Avoid KBOI CBP if possible.
Top foxes DOH5

LFPG/Paris CDG

From now on, fuel will not be available on Monday mornings between 00-02z. The Notam advising this shows an end date of 30 Dec 2019, but after this time the restriction will be incorporated into the AIP, therefore it will become permanent.
Top foxes AYT1
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