THE AIRCRAFT ACT, 1934

Updated: February 15, 2008

(XXII OF 1934)

(Received the assent of the Governor General on 19-8-1934)

An Act to make better provision for the control of the manufacture, possession, use, operation, sale, import and export of aircraft.

WHEREAS it is expedient to make better provision for the control of the manufacture, possession, use, operation, sale, import and export of aircraft; it is hereby enacted as follows:-

This Act has been extended to the new Provinces and merged States by the Merged States (Laws) Act, 1949 (59 of 1949), S.3 (1-1-1950) and to the Union territories of Manipur, Tripura and Vindhya Pradesh by the Union Territories (Laws) Act, 1950 (30 of 1950), S.3 (16-4-1950). Vindhya Pradesh now forms part of M.P.State;see Act 37 of 1956, S.9(1) (e) (1-1-1956), Manipur and Tripura are new States; See Act 81 of 1971, S.3(21-1-1972).

This Act has been extended to the Union territories of Goa, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli; and Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands [now known as U.T. of Lakshadweep; See Act 34 of 1973, S.3 (1-11-1973) by Regn. 12 of 1962 (1-2-1965); Regn. 6 of 1963 (1-7-1965); and Regn. 8 of 1965 (1-10-1967). Goa is now a State; See Act 18 of 1987, S. 3(30-5-1987).

This Act applies to French Establishments from 1-1-1954; see French Establishments (Application of Laws) Order, 1954.

The Aircraft Act, 1934
Updated: February 15, 2008

SECTIONS

1.

Short Title and Extent  

2.

Definitions

3.

Power of Central Government to exempt certain aircraft

4.

Power of Central Government to make rules to implement the Convention of 1944  

4A. Safety oversight functions

5.

Power of Central Government to make rules  

5A.

Power to issue directions  

6.

Power of Central Government to make orders in emergency

7.

Power of Central Government to make rules for investigation of accidents

8.

Power to detain aircraft  

8A.

Power of Central Government to make rules for protecting the public health  

8B.

Emergency powers for protecting the public health

8C.

Power of Central Government to make rules for securing safe custody and re-delivery of unclaimed property  

9.

Wreck and salvage

9A.

Power of Central Government to prohibit or regulate construction of buildings, planting of trees, etc.

9B. Payment of compensation
9C. Appeals from awards in respect of compensation
9D. Arbitrator to have certain powers of civil Courts

10.

Penalty for act in contravention of rule made under this Act  

11.

Penalty for flying so as to cause danger.  

11A.

Penalty for failure to comply with directions issued under section 5A  

11B.

Penalty for failure to comply with directions issued under section 9A  

12.

Penalty for abetment of offences and attempted offences

13.

Power of court to order forfeiture

14.

Rules to be made after publication

14A.

Laying of rules before Parliament

15.

Use of patented invention of aircraft not required in India

16.

Power to apply customs procedure

17.

Bar of certain suits

18.

Saving for acts done in good faith under the Act

19.

Saving of application of Act

20.

Repeals