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Seating

Seat belts and safety harnesses CAO 20.16.3, CAR 251

At least one pilot crew member must wear a seat belt or harness at all times during flight.

Except in the case of sick or injured persons (subsection 14) and parachutists (subsection 15), safety harnesses or seat belts shall be worn by all persons:

  • during take-off and landing
  • during an instrument approach
  • unless CASA otherwise directs, when the aircraft is flying at a height of less than 1000 ft above the terrain
  • at all times in turbulent conditions.

Seat belts and safety harnesses CAR 251

Adjust seat belts and safety harnesses to fit the wearer without slack.

Adjustment of seats CAO 20.16.3 (5)

Adjust all seats (with the exception of those specified in the paragraph below) to their upright position for take-off and landing.

If through illness or other incapacity a passenger’s seat remains in the reclined position during take-off or landing, that seat, notwithstanding the provision of the above, may be left reclined during take-off or landing if it is:

  • forward facing
  • there is no person occupying the seat immediately behind
  • it will not impede the egress of any person in an emergency evacuation.

Exits and passageways not to be obstructed CAR 254

Unless CASA otherwise approves, this regulation applies to all passageways and exits in an aircraft that are for use by passengers or crew.

When an aircraft is in flight, the pilot in command must ensure that all passageways and exits to which this regulation applies are kept free from obstruction.

When an aircraft is in flight, the pilot in command must ensure that all exits to which this regulation applies are fastened in a way that permits their immediate use in an emergency.

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