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FAA extends prohibition for U.S. airlines from flying over Iraq
11 May 2017

The Baghdad FIR roughly follows the Iraqi border

Due to continued concerns regarding the safety of aircraft in the Baghdad Flight Information Region (FIR), the FAA decided to extend the prohibition for U.S. airlines from flying over Iraq.

The Notam reads as follows:

KICZ A0010/17 - SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FLIGHT PROHIBITION FOR
 IRAQ BAGHDAD (ORBB) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION
 DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE ONGOING FIGHTING AND INSTABILITY IN
 IRAQ, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE BAGHDAD (ORBB) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) BY THE
 PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) ARE PROHIBITED. THIS NOTAM IS AN
 EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED UNDER 49 USC 40113(A) AND 46105(C). THIS NOTAM WILL REMAIN IN
 EFFECT UNTIL SUCH TIME AS TITLE 14, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, SECTION 91.1605, SPECIAL
 FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION NO. 77- PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS IN THE BAGHDAD
 (ORBB) FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) IS REISSUED.
 
A. APPLICABILITY. THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO: ALL U.S. AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL
 OPERATORS; ALL PERSONS EXERCISING THE PRIVILEGES OF AN AIRMAN CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY
 THE FAA, EXCEPT SUCH PERSONS OPERATING U.S.‐REGISTERED AIRCRAFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR
 CARRIER; AND ALL OPERATORS OF AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT WHERE
 THE OPERATOR OF SUCH AIRCRAFT IS A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER.

B. PERMITTED OPERATIONS. THIS NOTAM DOES NOT PROHIBIT PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH
 A (APPLICABILITY) FROM CONDUCTING FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE BAGHDAD FIR (ORBB) WHEN
 SUCH OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED EITHER BY ANOTHER AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES
 GOVERNMENT WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE FAA OR BY A DEVIATION, EXEMPTION, OR OTHER
 AUTHORIZATION ISSUED BY THE FAA ADMINISTRATOR. OPERATORS MUST CALL THE FAA
 WASHINGTON OPERATIONS CENTER AT 202-267-3333 TO INITIATE COORDINATION FOR FAA
 AUTHORIZATION OF OPERATIONS.
 
C. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND
 ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND OF AN AIRCRAFT MAY
 DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY.
 SFC - - UNL 10 MAY 13:52 2017 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 10 MAY 14:05 2017