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The CAA and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) have developed a Flying Display Director (FDD) and Airborne Flying Display Director (AFDD) accreditation scheme for both civilian and military flying displays. Both accreditation courses are managed and delivered by TSA Consulting Ltd on behalf of the CAA and the MAA.
To obtain FDD or AFDD accreditation, applicants are required to
demonstrate their experience in a number of competencies, undergo a behavioral and attitudinal fitness assessment and successfully complete an FDD accreditation course or the online AFDD accreditation course. Further details can be found in CAP 403.
Applicants who successfully complete the accreditation process will be accredited with one of three flying display tier levels enabling them to act in the role of FDD up to that tier of event level or as an AFDD.
Flying Displays are to be categorised in accordance with the requirements contained in CAP 403. FDDs must be accredited to at least the same tier
as that of the event.
Any person intending to act as a FDD or as an AFDD and who will be named as such on a Flying
The following FDD and AFDD Accreditation courses
Please note that places are limited and will be
allocated on a first come first served basis.
Course dates, details and submission of applications can be found on the FDD training website.
Submission of the FDD Accreditation Course application form will enable the CAA/MAA to consider applications in date order before loading candidates onto courses. Please note that course places are limited, and applications will be considered on a first come first served basis.
A Form SRG1303B:
Application for fitness assessment for a Flying Display Role must be submitted.
Flying Display Director (FDD) accreditation is
valid for three years and an FDD is considered to be current providing they
have acted as an FDD within the preceding two years.
The CAA recommends that a suitably accredited FDD is nominated as a deputy FDD to the primary FDD.
The deputy should be familiar with all aspects of the planning of the specific Flying Display and be aware of and prepared for any duties expected of them on the day of the event. This information is available in CAP 403, Chapter 8.
An appropriately accredited FDD can act as Deputy FDD to provide resilience for an event. This individual (or individuals) must be named on the:
A deputy FDD's currency status can be reset when they:
The currency status for the deputy FDD can be reset provided that the primary FDD:
The responsibility for recording this information on the form rests with the primary FDD in conjunction with the deputy FDD and not the CAA/MAA.
A tier-1 or tier-2 accredited FDD can 'shadow' the primary FDD of a higher tier event to build experience. This 'shadow' role can be used to improve the level of competence or with a view to upgrading to a higher tier in the future. The primary FDD should record the level of participation of the 'shadow' FDD in the SRG1305/Form 4 to enable the CAA/MAA to properly assess the level of experience of the individual.
Unless the primary FDD is a 'mentor', they should not comment on the ability or performance of the shadow FDD but limit their comments to their participation level (ie the level of their involvement in the planning and/or execution of the Flying Display).
If the primary FDD is a 'mentor', the 'shadow' FDD should ensure that the participation in the planning and/or execution of the Flying Display is appropriately logged and countersigned by the primary FDD so that any experience gained can be demonstrated at the time of application for upgrade.
Where an FDD acts in the capacity of primary or deputy FDD their 2-year currency status resets at the tier for which the event was performed.
For example, if a tier-3 FDD conducts a tier-2 Flying Display their 2-year currency will only reset at tier-2.
To reset their tier-3 currency, they will need to complete a tier-3 Flying Display.
FDDs who are current but have forfeited privileges may be re-accredited to their previous tier by shadowing an appropriately accredited FDD at a Flying Display. Once satisfactory evidence has been submitted to the CAA GA Unit, previously held privileges may then be restored.
Successful completion of the FDD Accreditation Course will automatically reset both the status of the 3-year FDD qualification validity and the 2-year currency at the tier for which they are accredited.
Further information can be found in
CAP 403 or by contacting the GA unit:
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