03 January 2012

Modification To Restricted Areas: CYR537 Parliament Hill & CYR538 Rideau Hall

To Ottawa area COPA Flights, from Kevin Psutka:

This relatively minor change to the two restricted areas in Ottawa can catch some of you if you plan a sight-seeing trip down the river. This change occurred without consultation and I will meet with the RCMP responsible person in the near future to discuss his plans for expanding the restrictions further.

This change is one of the Aeronautical Information Circulars that have recently been released. This is just a friendly reminder to check the AICs periodically because these sorts of changes can creep in without notice other than an AIC.

AIC 2/12 says:


Following an evaluation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has requested modifications to restricted area CYR537 PARLIAMENT HILL, ON and CYR538 RIDEAU HALL, ON.

Designated altitudes for the restricted areas shall be increased from 1,500 to 3,000 feet ASL and the radius shall be increased from 0.25 to 0.35 mile.

These changes will take effect February 09, 2012 at 0901 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The appropriate aeronautical publications will be amended.

For further information, please contact:

Marcel Pinon
Manager, Airspace and Service Requirements
77 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5L6

Phone: (613) 563-5630
Fax: (613) 563-5602
Email : pinonm@navcanada.ca


Tony Hunt said...

I was just browsing the CADORS for the last two weekends and it looks like several people have been nicked for flying their regular city tours and being below 3000' over those restricted areas.

CYND has reported several folk who transited through their zone enroute Rockcliffe.

Adam Hunt said...

That'll teach those terrorists for messing with us!