The CAA and Military Aviation Authority (MAA) have developed an accreditation scheme for Flying Display Directors (FDD) at civilian and military flying displays.
With the exception of single item displays with an Airborne Flying Display Director (AFDD), permissions for flying displays happening after 1 May 2017 will only be granted if the AFDD has been appropriately accredited under the CAA/MAA accreditation scheme.
To obtain FDD accreditation, applicants are required to
demonstrate their experience in a number of areas in addition to undertaking an
FDD accreditation course. This course is
hosted at Shrivenham, Swindon.
To apply for the FDD course, applicants should complete Form SRG1326.
More details can be found in CAP 403.
* 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.
The 2018 course will be held on 27/28 March.
The deadline for applications is 13 March 2018.
Apply by submitting Form SRG1326 by e-mail to the CAA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line 'FDD accreditation application'.
There will be no charge for FDD accreditation this year.
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. More details can be found in CAP 403
Further information can be found in CAP 403 or by
contacting the GA unit: email@example.com
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