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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 131.445

Loading weights

Maximum loading weights

             (1)  The operator and the pilot in command of a Part 131 aircraft for a flight each contravene this subregulation if, during the flight, the aircraft's weight is greater than:

                     (a)  the maximum loading weight (however described) permitted by the flight manual for the aircraft; or

                     (b)  if circumstances prescribed under paragraph (2)(a) apply--the weight for the aircraft for the flight calculated in accordance with the method prescribed under paragraph (2)(b).

             (2)  The Part 131 Manual of Standards may prescribe:

                     (a)  the circumstances in which a weight for a Part 131 aircraft for a flight must be calculated under this subregulation; and

                     (b)  methods for calculating that weight.

Minimum loading weights

             (3)  The operator and the pilot in command of a Part 131 aircraft for a flight each contravene this subregulation if, during the flight, the aircraft's weight is less than:

                     (a)  any minimum loading weight (however described) permitted by the flight manual for the aircraft; or

                     (b)  if circumstances prescribed under paragraph (4)(a) apply--the weight for the aircraft for the flight calculated in accordance with the method prescribed under paragraph (4)(b).

             (4)  The Part 131 Manual of Standards may prescribe:

                     (a)  the circumstances in which a weight for a Part 131 aircraft for a flight must be calculated under this subregulation; and

                     (b)  methods for calculating that weight.

             (5)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if the person contravenes subregulation (1) or (3).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.



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