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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 91.385

Operating on manoeuvring area, or in the vicinity, of non-controlled aerodrome--requirements that apply after joining the circuit pattern

             (1)  The pilot in command of an aircraft (other than a rotorcraft) for a flight contravenes this subregulation if:

                     (a)  the aircraft is operated on the manoeuvring area of, or in the vicinity of, a non-controlled aerodrome; and

                     (b)  after joining the circuit pattern for a landing or while flying in the circuit pattern after take-off, the pilot does not:

                              (i)  comply with instructions in the authorised aeronautical information for the flight to the effect that all turns be made in a particular direction; or

                             (ii)  if there are no relevant instructions in the authorised aeronautical information for the flight--make all turns to the left.

             (2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply to the pilot in command of an aircraft if:

                     (a)  the aircraft is a seaplane or amphibian and the pilot in command contravenes the subregulation only to the extent necessary:

                              (i)  to avoid an obstacle; or

                             (ii)  to avoid undue noise over a populous area without compromising the aircraft's safety; or

                            (iii)  for a single-engine seaplane or amphibian--to enable the aircraft to land on water if its engine fails; or

                     (b)  the aircraft is a glider (other than a glider with an engine operating) and the pilot in command contravenes the subregulation only to the extent necessary to enable the aircraft to land safely.

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

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subregulation (2): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .



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