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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 101.220

Flight reporting--medium and heavy balloons

             (1)  The operator of a medium or heavy balloon must report the progress of the balloon's flight to the relevant air traffic control service as follows:

                     (a)  the operator must tell the service immediately when the balloon is released;

                     (b)  the operator must tell the service when the balloon leaves each 10 000-foot level up to 60 000 feet (pressure altitude);

                     (c)  the operator must report the balloon's position to the relevant air traffic control service periodically, as follows:

                              (i)  when required to do so by the service;

                             (ii)  while the balloon is below 60 000 feet pressure altitude--every 10 minutes;

                            (iii)  while the balloon is at or above 60 000 feet pressure altitude--every 2 hours;

                     (d)  if the operator loses the balloon's position, the operator must tell the service immediately that tracking has been lost and the balloon's last known position;

                     (e)  after having re-established tracking of the balloon, the operator must tell the service immediately that tracking has been re-established and the balloon's position at that time.

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

             (2)  If the balloon is being accompanied by a tracking aircraft, the operator must ensure that the crew of the aircraft maintains continuous 2-way communication with the relevant air traffic control service.

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

          (2A)  An offence against subregulation (1) or (2) is an offence of strict liability.

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

             (3)  A reference in this regulation to the relevant air traffic control service is to be read, at a particular time, as a reference to the air traffic control service that is responsible for the airspace in which the balloon is located at the time.



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