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Where the U.S. doesn’t fly
« on: July 19, 2014, 11:08:04 AM »

Where the U.S. doesn’t fly

By Katie Park, Kevin Schaul and Gene Thorp, Published: July 18, 2014

After Flight 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration expanded an existing regulation that prohibited certain flights from operating in the region. The FAA regularly issues airspace restrictions and prohibitions for U.S. aircraft traveling through potentially hostile airspace.

Here's where the FAA has issued flight advisories and prohibitions for U.S. aircraft as of July 18.
Flight prohibitions


Flight operations are prohibited in Ethiopian airspace north of 12 degrees latitude. The FAA also warns that Ethiopian forces may fire upon aircraft crossing into Ethiopian airspace from northeastern Kenya. View document »


The FAA prohibits flight operations at or below 20,000 feet, except where necessary for takeoff in an adjacent country. View document »


The FAA prohibits flight operations within the Tripoli Flight Information Region, which includes small northern sections of Niger and Chad in addition to Libya. View document »

North Korea

A special notice warns that “North Korea has a history of launching short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles with no warning.” The FAA advises caution in and around the Pyongyang Flight Information Region east of 132 degrees east longitude and prohibits flight operations west of that line. View document »


Flight operations are prohibited in Somalian airspace at or below 20,000 feet, except where necessary for takeoff in an adjacent country. View document »


The FAA had already prohibited flight operations over Crimea beginning in April. After Flight 17 was shot down July 17 in a separatist-controlled area of Ukraine, the FAA expanded the prohibited area to encompass the eastern part of the country. View document »
Potentially hostile regions


Due to ongoing military operations and insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, the FAA warns that civil aircraft could be damaged by small-arms fire, rocket fire or attacks using man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). View document »


According to the FAA, that rebels shot down a civilian Boeing 727 plane in 1998 “demonstrates that the rebel forces . . . can and will shoot down civil aircraft they believe to be carrying government soldiers or weaponry.” Aircraft are advised not to fly through the republic at an altitude of less than 15,000 feet. View document »

Egypt Sinai Peninsula

The advisory warns against flight operations over the Sinai Peninsula at or below 24,000 feet due to the risk of attacks from small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, anti aircraft fire and MANPADS. View document »


The FAA does not describe specific instances of hostility in Iran but notes that the State Department issued a travel warning and “the U.S. government does not currently maintain diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.” View document »


The advisory states that “recent, credible information indicates a potential near-term terrorist attack against U.S. and Western interests in Kenya,” warning against attacks using MANPADS. View document »


With extremist and militant insurgent groups in northern and western Mali, civilian aircraft risk encountering “small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades, rocket and mortar fire, and anti-aircraft fire,” including MANPADS. View document »


The FAA discourages flight operations over Syria, saying, “No part of Syria should be considered immune from violence.” The administration warns that low-flying aircraft are threatened by MANPADS and anti aircraft artillery. View document »


Terrorists possessing MANPADS “have threatened and targeted both international civil aviation and airports in the country,” according to the FAA’s advisory. View document »

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