FAA Clarifies Russian Aircraft Ban in U.S. Airspace

 - March 11, 2022, 1:06 PM

According to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the FAA has revised its previously published notam and regulatory orders blocking Russian aircraft from U.S. airspace. As revised, notam 2/2415 now refers to “a Russian person or entity identified by the International Trade Administration’s consolidating screening list” versus the previous and more sweeping “person who is a citizen of the Russian Federation.”

“We’re pleased to see the FAA issue this revised notam,” said NBAA senior v-p for safety, security, sustainability, and international affairs Doug Carr. “Several on-demand charter operators contacted NBAA seeking clarity, which we then conveyed to government officials. This clarity will greatly assist with compliance.”

The FAA’s notice applies to commercial and non-commercial aircraft operations, NBAA said, but exceptions are available for humanitarian or search and research missions, which must receive appropriate clearance from the FAA and U.S. Department of State. Aircraft experiencing in-flight emergencies are also excepted.

Similar airspace restrictions are also in effect in many European countries and Canada.