Flying Displays and Special Events

Application and guidance information associated with aircraft operation at Flying Displays and Special Events

Civil Flying Displays are regulated by the CAA under the Air Navigation Order.

A flying display is defined as any flying activity deliberately performed for the purpose of providing an exhibition or entertainment at an advertised event open to the public.

A special event is defined as any flying activity during which aircraft may not necessarily comply with the Rules of the Air and normal air traffic control rules and which requires consideration of one or more of the following:

  • the issue of special procedures

  • the level of 'air traffic service' to be provided

  • the establishment of the Restriction of Flying Regulations

Advice on Flying Displays and Special Events should be sought from the Flight Operations Inspectorate (General Aviation).

CAP 403- "Flying Displays and Special Events: A Guide to Safety and Administrative Arrangements" is a comprehensive source of information regarding flying displays and special events. Guidance provided includes the following:

  • General Information
  • Legal Requirements
  • Personnel and Preliminary Planning
  • The Flying Display- Site and Display Management
  • Liaison with the CAA, Local Authorities and Emergency Services
  • Pilot Display Competency
  • Microlight Aircraft Events
  • Balloon Events
  • Air Races and Rallies
  • Display Parachuting
  • Helicopter Events
  • Military Participation
  • Relevant Legislation


Flying display notification

CAA Form SRG 1303, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to the Flight Operations Inspectorate (General Aviation). Details of costs can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges - General Aviation.

A second copy of the completed form, less attachments and payment, should be sent to the Directorate of Airspace Policy.

Applying for the renewal or upgrade of display authorisation

CAA Form SRG 1302, together with the appropriate fee where applicable, should be sent to the Flight Operations Inspectorate (General Aviation). Details of costs can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges - General Aviation.

Special events and unusual aerial activity application

CAA Form SRG 1304, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to the Flight Operations Inspectorate (General Aviation). Details of costs can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges - General Aviation

A second copy of the completed form, less attachments and payment, should be sent to the Directorate of Airspace Policy where required.


Further Information

CAA Document No. 743- "Civil Air Displays- A Guide for Pilots"

Guidance for Event Organisers and Helicopter Operators at Special Events