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Helicopter means machines (other than those used in military, customs or police services) lifted by power-driven rotors and which are certified by a competent authority (in Australia this is the Civil Aviation Safety Authority) to transport:

  • at least five persons including crew, or
  • goods in excess of 450 kg.

See definition of 'helicopter' in the Regulations.

Aircraft that is further described as helicopter must be described by serial number in a registration. The serial number for helicopter comprises:

  • the helicopter's manufacturer's number; that is, the serial number attached to the helicopter by the manufacturer
  • the manufacturer's name, and
  • the manufacturer's generic model description.

A HIN is the nautical equivalent of the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on your car. Most Australian boats will have a HIN attached or stamped into the hull. This is usually a 14 character alphanumeric code containing letters and numbers that identify the country, manufacturer, serial number and date of manufacture.