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FAA issues warning for airspace above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman
17 May 2019

The FAA issued a warning to U.S. civil pilots to ‘exercise caution’ when operating in the airspace above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman due to tensions in the region.

Iran has publicly made threats to U.S. military operations in the Gulf region. In addition, the FAA states that 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 Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Additionally, Iran recently conducted a military exercise in the region,
demonstrating their unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities.
The FAA continues that although Iran likely has no intention to target civil aircraft, the presence of multiple long-range, advanced anti-aircraft capable weapons in a tense environment poses a possible risk of miscalculation or misidentification, especially during periods of heightened political tension and rhetoric.
There is also the potential for Iran to increase their use of Global Positioning System (GPS) jammers and other communication jamming capabilities, which may affect U.S. civil aviation operating in overwater airspace over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

More information:
Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) KICZ A0015/19

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