(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 .