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Operators and pilots reminded to check safety and security before overseas flights

Australian air operators and pilots are reminded to check all available and authoritative information about potential safety and security threats to flights before conducting operations in, over or near areas of armed conflict or turmoil. Air operators and pilots should determine if National Aviation Authorities or other government agencies have issued any notices, advisories, bulletins, warnings or other safety information about activities that may pose risks to flights in particular geographic regions or airspace. These should be assessed along with any relevant travel advisories from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

It is the responsibility of air operators and pilots to consider this kind of information and to make informed decisions about when, and whether, to operate into or over particular areas where local situations and circumstances may pose unacceptable risks. Operators and pilots are always required to be familiar, and to comply, with the applicable aviation laws of other countries in which they conduct operations.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is compiling information promulgated by States regarding risks to civil aircraft arising from conflict zones. CASA reminds Australian air operators and pilots considering operations into or over problematic areas to pay attention to all current safety notices and bulletins, including from the following sources:

In addition, always check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade travel advisories before considering travel to any country.

Last modified: 20 February 2016