1 Primary sources of international law do not offer a definition of State aircraft, although numerous conventions on air law refer to the term. Doctrine has defined State aircraft as all aircraft owned and operated by the government. This definition is very wide and is based on ownership. Consequently, not only typical State aircraft, such as military, police, or customs aircraft, but equally aircraft owned and operated by a public body for commercial purposes are considered State aircraft. Although the scope of this definition might be too wide, it has the...
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