I was chatting to one of my friends from Australia about the PPL test I had written on Friday. One of the questions I had got wrong was “No person shall drop anything from an aircraft in flight” (or similar).
Here is the conversation we had:
Me: I said you’re not allowed to drop anything from the airplane
Me: but the correct answer is “… as long as it does not damage property or persons”
Andrew: so, we could say, drop leaflets from a small plane over a suburb ;)
Me: let me dig up the regulation
Andrew: thats crazy
Me: 602.23 No person shall create a hazard to persons or property on the surface by dropping an object from an aircraft in flight.
Andrew: so its ok to say, dump a body into the ocean from a plane? since that won’t hurt property
Me: hmm.. I guess
Me: but wait.. there is a “persons clause”
Me: 602.25 (1) No person shall enter or leave an aircraft in flight except with the permission of the pilot-in-command of the aircraft.
Me: (2) No pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall permit a person to enter or leave the aircraft during flight unless
Me: it doesn’t indicate if the person is alive or not ;)
Me: and I guess if you are the PIC, and you are the one dumping the body, then yes. you can.
Andrew: what about firing weapons from planes? ;)
Me: Munitions of War
Me: 606.01 No person shall carry weapons, ammunition or other equipment designed for use in war on board an aircraft unless the aircraft is a Canadian aircraft or the Minister has authorized the carriage of such equipment.
Me: so I guess if its not for war… then you’re alright ;)
Andrew: oh well
So I was wondering if anyone has ever pondered any other “loopholes” with regards to the CARs. I’m sure that there are employers out there that would take advantage of such in order to maximize profits.