Commonwealth Consolidated Regulations

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Weight limitations

             (1)  The pilot in command of an aeroplane engaged in an application operation must not commence a take-off if the aeroplane's gross weight exceeds:

                     (a)  the maximum gross weight shown in the aeroplane's flight manual; or

                     (b)  any maximum gross weight that:

                              (i)  has been established for that type of aeroplane by a flight test supervised by CASA; and

                             (ii)  is shown on a placard, approved by CASA and displayed in the aeroplane's cockpit; or

                     (c)  the maximum gross weight shown on the type certificate, or type certificate data sheet, that is issued for the aeroplane by the national aviation authority of the State of Design (within the meaning given in Annex 8 to the Chicago Convention) of the aeroplane.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (2)  The pilot must calculate the take-off weight by a method that includes calculating the weight of:

                     (a)  the crew and any equipment carried; and

                     (b)  the aeroplane's fuel and load.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (3)  The operator of the aeroplane must not specify a minimum load to be carried by the aeroplane that is greater than the load that the pilot reasonably considers to be safe.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (4)  A contravention of subregulation (1), (2) or (3) is an offence of strict liability.

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