1174. Meaning of 'operator'.

The 'operator', in relation to an aircraft, means the person who for the time being has the management of the aircraft1. However, this definition is qualified in so far as the provisions of the Air Navigation Order 2016 relating to the airworthiness of aircraft2 and provisions relating to the equipment of aircraft3. Thus when by virtue of any charter or other agreement for the hire or loan of an aircraft a person other than: