State Airports (Shannon Group) Act 2014


Miscellaneous Amendments - Airports

Prohibition on dazzling aircraft

44. (1) A person who deliberately or recklessly directs or shines a light at or in the direction of—

(a) a pilot or co-pilot of an aircraft,

(b) a person involved in the operation of the flight of an aircraft, or

(c) a person carrying out air traffic control services,

so that the light may dazzle, distract or confuse the pilot or person in the performance of his or her duties commits an offence.

(2) A person who commits an offence under this section is liable—

(a) on summary conviction to a class A fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both, or

(b) on conviction on indictment—

(i) where the person is an individual - to a fine not exceeding €50,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both, or

(ii) where the person is a body corporate - to a fine not exceeding €250,000.

(3) In this section—

“aircraft” means any machine that can derive support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air other than the reactions of the air against the earth’s surface;

“air traffic control service” means a service provided for the purposes of—

(a) preventing collisions between aircraft and, on the manoeuvring area, between aircraft and obstructions, and

(b) expediting and maintaining an orderly flow of air traffic.