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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 101.165

Release of medium and heavy balloons outside approved areas

             (1)  Subject to subregulation (3), a person may release a medium or heavy balloon outside an approved area only if the person gives to CASA the information required by table 101.165 at least 2 working days before the proposed release.

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

Note 1:       A person can comply with this requirement by telling:

(a)    if the person is an approved aviation administration organisation--the Australian NOTAM Office; or

(b)    the appropriate approved aviation administration organisation.

                   See regulation 101.035.

Note 2:       CASA must publish details of the approval of an area (including any conditions) in NOTAM or on an aeronautical chart--see subregulation 101.030(5).

             (2)  If more than 1 balloon is to be operated at a time, such a requirement is a requirement to give the information about each such balloon.

 

Table 101.165     Details of release of medium or heavy balloon to be given to CASA

Item

Information to be provided

1

The name, address, email address and telephone number of the person who will release the balloon (or, if several people will be involved, the name, address, email address and telephone number of the person who will coordinate the release)

2

The date and time the release is to begin

3

Where it is to be carried out

4

The estimated size and mass of the balloon's payload

5

The balloon's flight identification or the project code name

6

The balloon's classification, or a description of the balloon

7

The balloon's SSR code or NDB frequency, and its Morse identification

8

The expected horizontal direction of the balloon's ascent, and the balloon's expected rate of climb

9

The balloon's planned float level (given as pressure altitude)

10

The time the balloon is expected to reach 60 000 feet pressure altitude, and the location over which it is expected to do so

11

The time the flight is expected to end, and where the balloon and its payload are expected to fall

12

If more than 1 balloon is to be released at a time, how many balloons are to be released at the time

             (3)  Subregulation (1) does not require the Bureau of Meteorology to give notice of the proposed release of a medium balloon if:

                     (a)  the release is part of the Bureau's normal meteorological procedures; and

                     (b)  the release location has been notified in AIP or NOTAM.

             (4)  Subject to subregulation (5), the person must also confirm the details of the proposed release to the air traffic control service that has responsibility for the airspace within which the balloon will be released no later than the earlier of:

                     (a)  6 hours before the expected release time; or

                     (b)  the time the balloon begins to be inflated.

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

          (4A)  An offence against subregulation (1) or (4) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability , see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .

             (5)  Subregulation (4) does not require the Bureau of Meteorology to confirm the details of the release of a medium balloon with an air traffic control service if:

                     (a)  the release is part of the Bureau's normal meteorological procedures; and

                     (b)  the release location has been notified in AIP or NOTAM.



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