Flying displays must be carefully planned, both on the ground and in the air. These webpages set out guidance for display or event organisers and display pilots. Links to the application forms that you will need are also included.
Following our review of flying display regulation, the applications require additional information so we can complete an enhanced risk assessment and to provide assurance that risks are being well managed.
Further details for flying display or special event organisers and display pilots are set out in
CAP 403 Flying Displays and Special Events: A guide to safety and administrative arrangements. It includes requirements for initial applications, display authorisations, renewals and upgrades.
Full details of the CAA’s charges are at our
Scheme of Charges.
If you are planning a flying display that will be advertised and open to the public then you will need permission from us. Even if your event is not open to the public you may still need permission. More details are included in
With the exception of single item displays with an airborne Flying Display Direction (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. Further information on the FDD accreditation and how to apply can be found on
If you are planning an event with a significant number of helicopter flights we have also published
Guidance for event organisers and helicopter operators at special events (PDF).
Before you can perform at an approved flying display you will need a display authorisation, which will require you to undertake an approval flight for a display evaluator.
To renew a display authorisation by filling in and sending us
SRG1302 Application to renew a Display Pilot Authorisation.
To up-grade a display authorisation use form
SRG1300 Application to upgrade a Display Pilot Authorisation.
Flying display directors and display pilots need to complete a behavioural and attitudinal fitness assessment to demonstrate that they are suitable to organise or participate in a flying display. More information and access to the online assessment is contained on the
behavioural and attitudinal fitness assessment webpage.
To learn more about applying for a flying display or special event approval and access to the online application form, go to
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