15. Conditions to be complied with by aircraft in flight- (1) No aircraft other than the Microlight aircraft shall be flown unless the following conditions are complied with, namely :-
(i) the aircraft shall be certified as airworthy and shall be maintained in airworthy condition in accordance with the provisions of Part VI or, in the case of an aircraft not registered in India, in accordance with the regulations of the State in which the aircraft is registered;
(ii) all the terms or conditions on which the certificate of airworthiness was granted shall be duly complied with;
(iii) the aircraft shall carry on board its certificate of airworthiness and any other certificates prescribed by Part VI, or by the regulations of the State in which the aircraft is registered, which it is required to carry on board. The certificate of airworthiness shall be carried in the pocket of the journey log book;
(iv) the aircraft shall be fitted with and shall have in working order such instruments and equipment as are proscribed in Part VI for an aircraft of that class or description :
Provided that any aircraft may be flown within the close vicinity of an acrodrome or the place of its departure, without a valid certificate of airworthiness, for the purpose of test :
Provided further that the Central Government may, by order in writing and subject to such conditions as may be contained in the order, exempt any aircraft from the operation of this rule.
(2) No Microlight Aircraft shall be flown unless the following conditions are complied with, namely :-
(i) The Microlight Aircraft is registered in the Civil Aircraft Register and meets the minimum design requirements which the Director-General may specify by general or special order;
(ii) The Microlight Aircraft possesses a valid Permit to Fly issued by the Director-General, specifying the area of operation and the structural limitations relating to aerobatics, loading, engine and airspeed of the microlight aircraft;
(iii) The Microlight Aircraft is fitted with such instruments and equipments and in such manner as provided in rule 57 of these rules; and
(iv) The Microlight Aircraft complies with the requirements relating to maintenance standards and certification in accordance with rule 60 of these rules.
Note-For the purpose of this rule, foreign registered aircraft falling under sub-rule (3) of rule 1 shall be deemed as aircraft registered in India and Indian registered aircraft falling under sub-rule (4) of rule 1 shall be deemed as aircraft not registered in India.
[Amended by- (i) GSR No. 1296 dated 20-9-1962,
(ii) GSR No. 1347 dated 27-11-1973,
(iii) GSR No. 1202 dated 23-7-1976,
(iv) GSR No. 218 dated 13-3-1991, and
(v) GSR No. 20(E) dated 12-1-1994.]
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