Wednesday, August 16, 2017

24JUL – Operations to LLBG/Tel Aviv and Israel in general continue to be fluid. A rocket strike some days ago landed within a few miles of the airport; airlines responded by suspending services. The operational risk needs to be closely monitored.

24JUL Since fighting began over a week ago, some reports indicate that 80-90% of the aircraft currently parked at the airport have been damaged. Libyan authorities have indicated that repairs to the airport and ATC infrastructure will take months to repair.

Fighting between the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi security forces (ISF) continued in and around Tikrit on 01JUL2014. Reports indicate that airstrikes are also continuing. As of this time, there is no indication that ISF has retaken control of the city from the militants. Additionally, there are some reports which indicate that ISIS seized part of a nearby military base in a counterattack.

Iraqi government aircraft carried out air strikes in the Risala, Asri and Tamim neighborhoods of the town of Baiji, killing six people and injuring 10 others; several of the casualties were civilians. Meanwhile, ISIS and tribal fighters are reportedly advancing toward Haditha in an attempt to take control of the dam. Clashes have occurred with government troops in Haditha.

On 1 July a session of parliament convened; early reports state that no decisions regarding personnel changes were made. The next session will take place on 8 July. Unconfirmed reports state that Iraqi forces took back control of the Turaibil border crossing with Jordan on 29 June. ISIS had taken over the crossing on 22 June. The United States announced that it was sending an additional 200 troops to reinforce security at the U.S. Embassy and the Baghdad International Airport. Their deployment will last until the security situation improves.

We’ve received some feedback from Gander since the NAT changes on 29MAY. Aircraft exiting the NAT westbound at an OEP/Oceanic Exit Point other than the one initially filed, should always route to the landfall point associated with the new clearance. Expect an onward clearance after that landfall point. Also, co-ordinates should be carefully cross checked in the FMS, the shorthand N5450 format can lead to Nav errors.

North Atlantic Changes

This coming Thursday, 29MAY, Gander Control will implement a number of changes in their airspace on the Canadian Seaboard that will affect the structure and design of NAT Tracks, and Oceanic Flight Planning with immediate effect.

Removal of the Fish Points


Introduction of Gander Oceanic Transition Area

Because of new ADS-B coverage in the area between Canada and Greenland, the boundary between Domestic and Oceanic airspace is being shifted around 175nm to the east, creating a new Oceanic Transition Area known as GOTA.

New NAT Track design – Eastbound

Currently, NAT Tracks have a anchor point and an Oceanic Entry Point (OEP) – like VIXUN LOGSU 49N50W. Starting 29MAY, the Track will be built using only an OEP and a 50W point – in this example JANJO 49N50W.

New NAT Track design – Westbound

A westbound NAT Track used to run 50W – Oceanic Exit Point – Landfall, for example 54N50W CARPE REDBY NAR123A. From 29MAY, there will be a 50W point and a dedicated Oceanic Exit Point, then straight into either FPL route or a NAR. Example, 53N50W RIKAL NAR302D.

New Oceanic Entry Points

With the removal of the Fish Points, and other long-known waypoints, a completely new list of Oceanic Entry Points (OEP’s) has been created by Gander. They start at AVPUT in the far north and run down to SUPRY. On our Planning Chart, they are highlighted in yellow.

Changed Blue Spruce Routes

The southern Blue Spruce Routes (for reduced Nav capability) now run as follows:




More information

Refer to Nav Canada AIC 20/14 for the full list, and for complete information about the change. Ask us for a free copy of our 2014 North Atlantic Planning Chart


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