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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 101.097

Autonomous aircraft--launch or release without approval prohibited

             (1)  This regulation:

                     (a)  applies to an unmanned aircraft (an autonomous aircraft ) that does not allow pilot intervention during all stages of the flight of the aircraft; but

                     (b)  does not apply to balloons, kites or model aircraft.

             (2)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if the person causes an autonomous aircraft to be launched or released.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (3)  Subregulation (2) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the person holds an approval under regulation 101.029 to launch or release the autonomous aircraft; and

                     (b)  the conditions (if any) imposed on the approval are complied with.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subregulation (3): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .



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