Yanomami: understanding how airspace policing measures work to combat illegal mining

After a ministerial meeting, the deadline for non-indigenous people to leave the region was reduced

Air Force Agency, by Aspirante Mônica Lopes and Captain Alcoforado

The Ministers of Defense, José Múcio Monteiro Filho, and of Justice and Public Safety, Flávio Dino de Castro e Costa, anticipated the end of the corridors inside the Air Defense Identification Zone (ZIDA) in the airspace on Yanomami indigenous land. Now, non-indigenous people will only be able to fly out of the region until April 6, 2023. Previously, the deadline was set for May 6.

In a meeting, the Minister of Defense stated that the measure “is important to discourage and discourage” illegal mining in Yanomami territory in Roraima. 

To comply with the measures, the Aerospace Operations Command (COMAE) determines that aircraft will have flight authorization as long as they remain within the established lateral and vertical limits. The measures will be in effect until April 6, 2023, when they will cease to exist and airspace will be blocked. The new deadline was regulated by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), through NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions), which informs the aviation community about the operation.

Aircraft that do not comply with the rules established in the areas determined by the Air Force will be subject to Airspace Policing Measures (MPEA).

The COMAE is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of Air Force Actions focused on the Aerospace Control Task during Operation Yanomami Shield 2023, conducting the necessary aerial means for the identification, coercion or detention of traffic flying in the area of interest.

Source: Ministry of Defense – Photos: CECOMSAER – *** English version by the DEFCONPress FYI Team ***

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