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Operating on manoeuvring area, or in the vicinity, of non-controlled aerodrome--requirements related to maintaining the same track after take-off

             (1)  The pilot in command of an aircraft (other than a rotorcraft, a glider or a powered parachute) 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)  the pilot does not, after take-off, maintain the same track from the take-off until the aircraft is 500 ft AGL.

             (2)  Subregulation (1) does not apply to the pilot in command of a seaplane or amphibian if the pilot in command contravenes the subregulation only to the extent necessary:

                     (a)  to avoid an obstacle; or

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

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

             (3)  Subregulation (1) does not apply to the pilot in command of an aircraft if a change to the track is necessary to avoid the terrain.

             (4)  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) or (3): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

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