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US issues warning to airlines flying over Gulf

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including the United Arab Emirates, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR).

    FAA Background Information Regarding U.S. Civil Aviation -For the Overwater Airspace Above the PersianGulf and Gulf Of Oman Region.

    Due to increased political tensions and heightened military activities in the region, there is an increasing inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operating in overwater airspace above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. As a result, on 16 May 2019, the FAA issued Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) KICZ A0015/19, advising U.S. civil flight operations to exercise caution when operating in the above area.Iran has publicly made threats to U.S. military operations in theGulf region. In addition, Iran possesses a wide variety of anti-aircraft-capable weapons, including surface-to-air missile systems (SAMs), man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and fighter aircraft that are capable of conducting aircraft interception operations.  Some of the anti-aircraft-capable weapons have ranges that encompass key international air routes over the PersianGulf and the Gulf of Oman.

For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration's Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

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Reminds me of the failure by Ukraine and Western envoys to issue such a NOTAM days ahead of the MH-17 incident ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 19th, 2019 at 09:29:25 PM EST

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