G20: The kite exclusion map
|KEITH BEATY/ TORONTO STAR|
The federal government released a document today outlining airspace restrictions during the summits. The two affected zones are circles with a 15 nautical mile* radius centred on a point east of Huntsville and another around Dundas West and Royal York Road. The Toronto area covers more or less all of the city, and quite a lot of the 905.
The regulations forbid most forms of aviation, broadly defined, including parasailing and kite-flying. The small print is here (pdf).
The reasoning behind the kite rule isn't obvious - my own kite-flying has posed a rather limited risk to national security (or so it seemed at the time). It also isn't clear whether there's any serious will to enforce this, but I guess we may find out.
* or 17.2 statute miles, or 27.6 kilometers