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CAAP issues NOTAM in anticipation of rocket activity of China


Due to China’s Long March 7A (CZ-7A) rocket launch on Tuesday 13 September 2022, whose debris drop zones have been verified through a notice from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) B2451/22 for the aerospace flight activity.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the said NOTAM took effect September 13, 2022 at 8 p.m. until September 18, 2022 at 12 midnight.

In it is also the advise regarding the closure of several area navigation (RNAV) routes in preparation for possible debris drops from the rocket launch.

Though the debris from the rocket launch will unlikely fall on inhabited land, it may still pose danger to aircraft and seacraft.

The NOTAM’s area of concern include the drop zones identified in coordination with the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSa) which are approximately 71 kilometers from Burgos, Ilocos Norte and 52 kilometers away from Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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