Irish Aviation Authority Act 1993

Offences.

74

74. (1) Without prejudice to subsection (2), if in relation to an aircraft there is a contravention of a provision of this Act or an instrument to which this section applies, the operator of the aircraft (not being the State) and the pilot in command thereof shall be deemed to have contravened the provision or instrument, as the case may be.

(2) A person who contravenes or is deemed to have contravened an instrument to which this section applies or fails to comply with a condition thereof shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) A person guilty of—

( a) an offence under section 33, 34, 35 or 36, or

( b) an offence under subsection (2) (other than such an offence consisting of a contravention of regulations under section 43 (4) or 56 ),

shall be liable—

(i) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding F23 [ €5,000 ] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding F23 [ 6 months ] or to both, or

(ii) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding F23 [ €500,000 ] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.

(4) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (2) consisting of a contravention of a regulation under section 43 (4) or section 56 shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding F23 [ €5,000 ]or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

F23 [ (5) A person who obstructs or impedes an authorised officer, an authorised officer of the company, a member of the staff of the company or an officer of Eurocontrol in the performance of any function conferred on him or her by or under this Act or fails to furnish to such a member information to which he or she is entitled under section 57B or an order under section 65 is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. ]

(6) In a prosecution of a person for an offence under this Act (other than sections 33 to 36), it shall be a defence for the person to prove that the contravention concerned was due to stress of weather or other unavoidable cause and in a prosecution of the operator or pilot in command of an aircraft for such an offence, it shall be a defence for him to prove that the contravention concerned took place without his actual default or privity.

(7) Where an offence under this Act is committed by a body corporate and is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any person, being a director, manager or secretary of such body, or a person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, that person, as well as the body corporate, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished as if he were guilty of the first-mentioned offence.

(8) On conviction of a person on indictment for an offence under this Act, the court may, in addition to any other penalty, order any apparatus, equipment or other thing, other than an aircraft, used to commit the offence to be forfeited.

(9) ( a) In this section “ an instrument to which this section applies” means an order or regulation made under this Act or (in so far as it relates to a matter to which a function of the company relates) the Acts or the Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) Acts, 1963 to 1983, a direction or authorisation to aircraft to proceed given under this Act or (in so far as it relates to such a matter as aforesaid) the Acts or under an order or regulation made under this Act or (in so far as it relates to such a matter as aforesaid) the Acts and a certificate, licence or authorisation issued or given under this Act or (in so far as it relates to such a matter as aforesaid) the Acts.

( b) In paragraph (a)authorisation to proceed” means an authorisation or instruction, whether oral or written and by whatever name called given by or on behalf of the company to the pilot in charge of an aircraft in relation to the piloting, control or movement of the aircraft or otherwise in relation to the aircraft.

Annotations

Amendments:

F23

Substituted (4.04.2006) by Aviation Act 20066 (7/2006), s. 2(c)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), commenced on enactment.

Modifications (not altering text):

C29

Words in subs. (9)(a) construed (28.09.2003) by European Communities (European Aviation Safety Agency) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 469 of 2003), reg. 8(1), in effect as per reg. 2, as amended (8.04.2008) by European Communities (European Aviation Safety Agency) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 95 of 2008), reg. 3(b), in effect as per reg. 2.

8.   (1) The phrase “an instrument to which this section applies” in Section 74(9)(a) of the 1993 Act shall be deemed to include [the EASA Regulation, ] an EASA rule and any rule, regulation, direction, authorization certificate or licence issued in accordance with that rule.

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C30

Application of provisions under section extended (28.09.2003) by European Communities (European Aviation Safety Agency) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 469 of 2003), reg. 8(2), in effect as per reg. 2, as amended (8.04.2008) by European Communities (European Aviation Safety Agency) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 95 of 2008), reg. 3(c), in effect as per reg. 2.

8. ….

(2) The provisions of Sections 73 and 74 of the 1993 Act, [... ] shall apply accordingly.