Jan. 5, 2015

The FAA has expanded its prohibition of certain flights in the Simferopol (UKFV) flight information region (FIR), which prohibited certain flight operations in a portion of the Simferopol (UKFV) FIR by all U.S. air carriers; U.S. commercial operators; those exercising the privileges of a U.S. airman certificate, except when such persons are operating a U.S.-registered aircraft for a foreign air carrier; and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft, except when such operators are foreign air carriers.

The expansion now includes all of the Simferopol (UKFV) FIR, as well as the entire Dnipropetrovsk (UKDV) FIR.

“The FAA finds this action to be necessary to prevent a potential hazard to persons and aircraft engaged in such flight operations,” the agency said of the rule that went into affect on Dec. 29, 2014.

On April 23, 2014, the FAA issued SFAR No. 113, Sec. 91.1607, which prohibited flight operations in a portion of the Simferopol (UKFV) FIIR. When this SFAR was issued, the FAA viewed the possibility of civil aircraft receiving confusing and conflicting air traffic control instructions from both Ukrainian and Russian ATS providers when operating in the portion of the Simferopol (UKFV) FIR covered by the SFAR as an unsafe condition that presented a potential hazard to civil flight operations in the disputed airspace.

“The ongoing conflict in the region poses a significant threat to civil aviation operations in these FIRs,” the FAA said.

“The FAA will continue to actively evaluate the area and the airports in the region to determine to what extent U.S. civil operators may be able to safely operate in the region,” the agency added. “Amendments to the SFAR may be appropriate if the risk to aviation safety and security changes.”

View the full FAA rule.