Over the course of 3 days (26-28 June 2010) the G20 summit was held in Toronto, Ontario. Security had been heightened to the
Nth degree. Restrictions were imposed in the immediate airspace and Canadian and United States' military and security forces
were on standby for any eventuality.
Here is the Advisory that was issued prior to the Summit:
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
The G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada
The G20 Summit will take place in Toronto, Canada on June 26 and 28, 2010. The FAA
will be placing restrictions and procedures in northwest New York State to complement
Canadian restrictions and procedures. Canadian procedures may require aircrew to register with
the 2010 G8/G20 Integrated Security Unit (ISU), additional information will be published on the
ISU Aviation Planning web site (www.g8-g20isu.ca) when it becomes available. The exact times
of the restrictions will be in the published NOTAM. Additional NOTAMs may be issued and it is
recommended that operators check NOTAMs frequently.
Under the authority granted by 49 USC, the FAA may apply restrictions within
airspace under its jurisdiction. Any person who knowingly and willingly violates
these restrictions may be subject to certain criminal and/or civil penalties. Pilots
who violate security TFRs or procedures may be intercepted, detained and
interviewed by Law Enforcement/Security Personnel. They may also be subject
to the following actions:
a) The FAA may take administrative action, including imposing civil penalties
and the suspension or revocation of airmen certificates; or
b) The United States government may pursue criminal charges, including
charges under Title 49 of the United States Code, Section 46307; or
c) The United States government may use deadly force against the airborne
aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat. (emphasis added - ed.)
All aircraft flight operations are prohibited from the surface to but not including 18,000
MSL, within an area bounded by 433445N/0784954W or the YYZ107035.2, thence
clockwise along the 433945N/0793044W or the YYZ097005.2 30NM ARC to
431640N/0790420W or the BUF326028.1, thence northward along the US/Canadian
border to the point of the beginning up to but not including 18000 FT MSL. except as
a. All aircraft entering or exiting the TFR must be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan
and must be assigned a discrete beacon code by an Air Traffic Control (ATC)
facility and be squawking that code prior to departing within or entering the TFR.
Aircraft may not loiter.
b. Emergency/life saving flight (air ambulance/law enforcement/firefighting), military
operations and other approved operations must call the HQ DEN Air Traffic
Coordinator at 202-493-5107 prior to operating within the TFR. No flight plan is
required for these operations in the US portion of the G20 Airspace
c. Aircraft operating within this TFR must remain in two-way communications with
ATC at all times.
d. DUAT filed VFR flight plans do not meet the security requirements of the G8/G20
Summit and will not be accepted.
e. Aircraft must contact Toronto ACC at least 15 nautical miles prior to entering.
Aircraft arriving or transiting from the east are to contact Toronto ACC on
frequency 133.4 Aircraft arriving or transiting from the west are to contact
Toronto ACC on frequency 119.3.
f. In addition to Canadian procedures, all VFR operators departing US airspace
and entering the G20 airspace must file a VFR flight plan with a FSS at least 2
hours in advance. Pilots must contact the London Flight Information Centre at 1-
866-541-4104 at least 60 minutes prior to the proposed departure time to receive
a transponder code.
g. The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training,
practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute
operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting,
animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing
operations, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, and Unmanned Aircraft
This map shows the airspace restrictions and jurisdictions:
So, all was going according to plan in the city of Toronto. Airspace was safe, Lake Ontario had also been secured with vigilance
being provided both by Canadian and U.S. agencies. The city had quite its share of other security issues during the day on
the Saturday, 26th June, as some troublemakers (the Black Bloc was cited) had decided to set fire to police cruisers and cause
as much property damage as they were able.
The skies had been remarkably quiet though due to the imposed flight restrictions. That was until just after 20.00h when a
call was overheard by an emergency services personnel in Orangeville that NORAD had issued an alert regarding a "possible
unknown aircraft" in the airspace over Orangeville. Orangeville is approximately 35 NM north west from where the summit was
located in downtown Toronto.
Shortly thereafter, residents in the town of Orangeville were suddenly bombarded by loud military aircraft flying low over
their rooftops and doing WNW to ESE passes over the southern part of the town in the area of the Caledon Lake Forest Conservation
This map shows the path of the jets and indicates where the witnesses who reported the event to me were located:
Here is an image (Google Earth) showing the type of terrain in the area:
Here is the report that appeared in the local Orangeville Banner newspaper the next day, the 27th June 2010:
So, it would appear from this report that the 2 military jets were scrambled on a NORAD alert when a possible "unknown aircraft"
was detected on radar. Subsequently the unknown aircraft just seemed to disappear off the radar. Assumedly the CF-18s were
then called off the hunt, and all returned to rural peace and quiet.
However, there had been an interesting little occurrence in the same vicinity the night prior to the scramble. A witness
who was located just south of Orangeville made this comment on a forum today, Saturday, 3rd July, 2010 about an object that
had been seen:
On June 25, 2010, I was hanging out with the neighbours next door having a bonfire when we spotted this exact same thing
except it was in the sky so we had no idea how big/how far away it was. If you hold a loonie at arms length, it was about
that big in the sky. It was about 10:30pm and witnessed by 3 people for about 2-3 minutes south of Orangeville, Canada. This
is the first time I've seen anything that could be described as a "UFO". I checked the web the next day and found nothing
about it from anyone else but this weekend the Orangeville paper reported fighter planes in the area on June 26 sent by NORAD
looking for an "unidentified aircraft". Very strange.
Also, prior to the summit, a report had been made to John Hayes' website UFOINFO regarding some strange lights that had been
seen on the north west side of Orangeville:
For the past five nights I've notice a strange, bright light northwest of Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.
I first noticed the light on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 10 PM, then again the very next night in the same location.
On Thursday, June 16, 2010, at 10:30 PM, I saw the light once again, but this time it was a little different. I was watching
the light slowly move from side to side, then drop below the tree line.
The light then went to the right and stopped.
Just before I went inside for the night, I saw the light drop what looked like a bright white flare.
On June 18, 2010, I went outside to see if the light would be there again and it was. This time I had a small flashlight with
me, I would blink the light on and off to see if I would get any reaction.
The reaction I received wasn't what I expected, the light slowly started to go north until it was out of sight.
I seen the light again last night (June 20 2010, from 9:52pm to 11pm) lasting for about an hour then continued going north
Some years ago, in 2002 in fact, a crop formation had been reported in the area just outside of Orangeville, and the owner
of the property had mentioned that "dancing lights" had been seen in the vicinity of where the field design had manifest.
Other events that have been reported in the vicinity of Orangeville:
There has been no further information forthcoming regarding the mysterious disappearing "unknown aircraft."
I will update this page if and when more information comes to light.
Recent Reports of Anomalous Craft in the Orangeville area
23rd February 2012 - Orangeville, Ontario
Triangular craft witnessed close to Caledon Lake Conservation Area. 3 witnesses. Silent, slow-moving craft seen above their
vehicle. White, non-blinking lights were seen on the points and a red-orange light in the centre. Altitude estimated at less
than 1000 feet. Craft then turned without banking and accelerated into the distance over the conservation area.
26th April 2012 - Orangeville, Ontario
This all happened on April 26th on my way to a friends house.
Basically, I was driving Northbound on Highway 10 from Orangeville, when I noticed an Amber flickering circular light ahead...
It was stationary and appeared to be just watching the cars. At first, it thought it was just an extremely bright star with
the sunset. It wasn't much higher than the tree tops... probably only by about 100 feet. I pulled down 15th Sideroad of Mono,
and stopped to try and get some pictures of it. It was still stationary. My iPhone's space was full, so I couldn't take any
pictures. So I was trying to delete stuff, and that's when it began to move.
It started to slowly come towards me, and crossed the road in front of me, by probably only 20 feet ahead. I could make out
the shape and everything. It was almost like a triangle, or pyramid of some sorts, but I could kind of see through it. There
were some pulsating lights on the back of it, and it had that amber aura to it, which appeared to be weaker the closer it
got. I tried flicking my car headlights in sync with the pulsating lights, to see if it would gauge a reaction... it didn't.
Not to mention, there was absolutely NO SOUND from it. I've lived here all my life, and would always look to the skies, and
you can always tell the difference from a plane and anything else.
Anyway, it crossed the road and continued to go south, very slowly, below the clouds. That's when a second one appeared out
of the clouds and began following it relatively close behind. I didn't think that Planes would do that, considering how slow
they were going, how low they were, as well as how dangerous turbulence is.
As they continued on, and they were about a kilometer or so away, I saw another light begin to ascend from the tree line south
east of where I was stopped. It looked as if it was coming out of Hockley Valley. Anyway, it rose up above the tree line,
and then dipped back down, and eventually rose again and continued to move south east.