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Canadian Aviation Regulation 105.01(2) states:

"No person shall conduct an aerial sightseeing flight, or any portion of an aerial sightseeing flight, in the control zone of the Québec/Jean Lesage International Airport unless the flight commences at that airport."

I find it odd that this is a law, and not just a NOTAM.

Does anyone know why this was added to the CARs in 1998?

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In short, it's because of complaints about noise. From the Canada Gazette, Vol. 132, No. 2, pp.98-103:

The regulation reflects the Minister’s desire to have increased oversight of sightseeing flights within the Québec/Jean-Lesage International Airport control zone.

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The regulations are intended to prevent frequent low level flights for aerial sightseeing purposes over the built-up area within the Québec/Jean-Lesage International Airport control zone and to stop commercial passenger-carrying aerial sightseeing flights from using the Lac St-Augustin, Quebec aerodrome for either take-offs or landings. The prohibition of low level commercial aerial sightseeing flights within the entire Québec/JeanLesage International Airport control zone is intended to ensure that such operations do not relocate to another nearby lake and recommence sightseeing operations from that location.

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Since the late sixties and, increasingly, in recent years, Transport Canada has received numerous complaints from citizens about the noise of floatplanes flying over several towns and cities in the Quebec City area.

The Gazette goes into a lot more detail about the background, impact, consultation process etc. 25 local mayors signed a letter to Transport Canada asking for action, so I guess it came down to political pressure in the end.

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