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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 9. AVIATION [21001 - 24451]

  ( Division 9 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 151. )


  ( Part 5 added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1452. )

CHAPTER 2. Administration [24250 - 24254]
  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1452. )


The department shall administer and enforce the provisions of this part and may make rules and regulations necessary for its administration.

Nothing in this part shall be construed as requiring any license for operators of aircraft other than that required by the federal government, or to permit any registration of aircraft by the state.

(Amended by Stats. 1969, Ch. 138.)


The department shall provide for hearings upon request of any person who may be affected by its orders or acts under the provisions of this part and may provide for a stay thereof until a hearing may be had. All hearings held under this part shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500), Part 1, Division 3, Title 2 of the Government Code, and the department shall have all of the powers granted therein.

(Amended by Stats. 1969, Ch. 138.)


Any person aggrieved by any rule, regulation, order or act of the department or by a failure of the department to act hereunder, may have judicial review thereof as provided in Sections 11440 and 11523 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1969, Ch. 138.)


The records of and proceedings before the department shall be inadmissible in evidence and shall not be referred to at the trial of any civil action or criminal proceeding.

Subject to the foregoing provisions, the department shall, upon written request, make available to persons whose legal rights may be affected thereby, information and material developed in the course of its administration of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1969, Ch. 138.)


(a) The operation of an aircraft on the land or waters of, or in the air over, this state shall be deemed an appointment by the owner or operator of the department to be his true and lawful attorney upon whom may be served all legal process in any action or proceeding against him, arising from the ownership, maintenance, use or operation of such aircraft and resulting in damage or loss to person or property, and said use or operation shall be signification of their agreement that any such process against him which is so served, shall be of the same legal force and validity as though served upon him personally; provided, such person is a nonresident of this state or at the time a cause of action arises is a resident of this state but subsequently becomes a nonresident of this state.

(b) Service of such process shall be made by leaving a copy of the summons and complaint with the department or in its office at Sacramento, together with a fee of two dollars ($2), and by the mailing of a copy of such summons and complaint by the plaintiff or his attorney to the defendant, and to each of the defendants if more than one at his last known address, within 10 days thereafter by registered mail. In lieu of such mailing to such defendant in a foreign state, plaintiff may cause a copy of the summons and complaint to be served personally in the foreign state upon such defendant by any adult person not a party to the suit, by actually delivering the same to such defendant or by offering to make such delivery in case defendant refuses to accept delivery.

(c) Proof of the service of such process upon the department, and proof of the mailing or personal delivery thereof to the defendant, shall be made by the affidavit or affidavits of the party or parties doing the acts, which shall be filed with the court from out of which such summons issued, within such time as the court may allow for the return of such summons. Process shall be deemed to be completed upon the filing of such affidavit or affidavits and of the original registry receipt issued by the post office upon the mailing of such registered letter, if service is obtained by mail.

(Amended by Stats. 1969, Ch. 138.)

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