The CAA and Military Aviation Authority (MAA) have developed an accreditation scheme for Flying Display Directors at civilian and military flying displays.
With the exception of single item displays with an airborne Flying Display Director (FDD), permissions for flying displays happening after 1 May 2017 will only be granted if the FDD has been appropriately accredited under the CAA/MAA accreditation scheme.
The accreditation scheme is based on the applicant's ability to demonstrate their suitability to act as an FDD. Knowledge, experience and capability are measured against a number of FDD competencies.
Applicants for FDD accreditation will apply to the CAA or MAA on Form SRG1326. All applicants will be required to attend one of two 2-day training and assessment centres. The first will be held at Shrivenham, Swindon on 21/22 March and the second at Warton Aerodrome
(8-miles west of Preston) on 5/6 May.
Applicants who attend the training and pass the associated assessment process and behavioural and attitudinal fitness assessment will be accredited to one of three competency tiers and their accreditation will enable them to manage displays of different of
The tier that the applicant is initially accredited to will be based on an assessment of the applicant's past relevant experience and their past performance as an FDD.
* Displays directed overseas are acceptable for the experiential requirements where the host country's regulation is based on CAP 403 guidance.
Flying display applications will be assessed by the CAA/MAA to determine which tier of FDD they will need to be granted. The assessment is based on analysis of a number of factors. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
*If the event consists of Flypast Displays only (civil) or Flypasts (military) it can be considered Tier 1.
Note: Any Flying Display with a High Energy display team consisting of two or more aircraft (e.g. RAF Aerobatics Team (RAFAT)) should be categorised as a minimum Tier 2 Flying Display.
High energy: Displays should be considered as high energy if they contain aircraft >1200kg MTOM or >150kts. All other displays should be considered as low energy.
Complexity: EOs and FDDs should consider the following when making the judgement on whether an event is High or Low complexity:
Any FDD who wants to be named on applications for Flying Displays happening after 1 May 2017 that involve a ground based FDD. Applications will be invited from 1 February 2017.
Apply by submitting Form SRG1326 by e-mail to the CAA at email@example.com. Please use the subject line 'FDD accreditation application'.
There will be no charge for FDD accreditation this year. The CAA will establish the basis for future cost recovery during 2017/18.
Accreditation will be for a period of three years, subject to ongoing fitness for the role. To maintain currency, the FDD must act as FDD at least once every two years.
Progression upwards in accreditation level will depend on demonstrable further experience and capability at the higher tier of complexity.
Please contact the GA Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org
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