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FAA extends and amends flight ban for Ukraine’s Simferopol and Dnipropetrovsk FIRs
20 October 2018

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extended the prohibition on flight operations in the Simferopol (UKFV) and Dnipropetrovsk (UKDV) FIRs in Ukraine, but reduced the area of impacted airspace.

The FAA initially banned all U.S. flights from the Simferopol and Dnipropetrovsk areas on July 18, 2014, the day after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down near Hrabove, Ukraine. The FAA continued to evaluate the situation in the area and in 2016 determined there was a continuing significant flight safety hazard to U.S. civil aviation. This lead to an extended flight ban.

Since the 2016 final rule, the FAA assessed that security and safety conditions have sufficiently stabilized in certain regions of Ukraine, thereby reducing the area of impacted airspace in specified areas of the Simferopol FIR (UKFV) and Dnipropetrovsk FIR (UKDV). The FAA thus revised the flight prohibition to allow U.S. civil flights to resume in certain areas. However, the FAA finds an extension of the prohibition is necessary in other specified areas of Ukraine to safeguard against continuing hazards to civil aviation.

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