• The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the implementation of restrictions on public gatherings which had a direct impact on Flying Displays. These restrictions have in the main now been lifted and a return to Display Flying is now under way, which is supported by the latest iterations of both CAP403, CAP1724 and considerations for pilots to assist in a safe workup to establish sufficient recency before beginning Display Flying in the form of a safety notice.

    DS21 Display Symposium

    Following cancellation of the previous symposia, the next symposium, anticipated to be an online event, is scheduled for May 2021 (dates to be confirmed). Delegates who had registered and paid for the DS20 Pre-Season Flying Display Symposium will be automatically registered for the Post-Season Flying Display Symposium will be automatically registered for the 2020 Post-Season Flying Display Symposium, with the fee carried forward to cover the next symposium. Details for registration onto the DS21 Display Symposium will be promulgated via Skywise mid April 21.

    DS21 Flying Display and Special Event Application Fees

    Flying Display and Special Event application fees support the administrative costs associated with processing applications and producing the associated permissions. Consequently, once an application has been received and processed, a refund for events that are subsequently cancelled is not possible. However, an amendment to the date of the event is possible and applicants should contact the Civil Aviation Authority General Aviation Unit and request a date change, with a revised risk assessment (if necessary).

    Airborne Flying Display Director Course

    From Display Season 2021, Display Pilots who carry out Flying Displays without an FDD on the ground are required to be Airborne Flying Display Director accredited. This requirement is now a fundamental tenet of the regulators' role in assuring the safe delivery of Flying Display activity across the United Kingdom, CAP403 refers. The next AFDD Accreditation course is scheduled for November 2021; further details will be available at LINK from late July 2021. 

    Flying Displays must be carefully planned, both on the ground and in the air. These webpages set out guidance for Flying Display organisers and display pilots. Links to relevant application forms are also included.    

     

  • Flying Displays must be carefully planned, both on the ground and in the air. These webpages set out guidance for Flying Display organisers and display pilots. Links to relevant application forms are also included.

    Safety and administrative arrangements

    Further details for flying displays and special events are set out in CAP 403: Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and Administrative Requirements and Guidance. It includes requirements for applications for Flying Display and Special Event Permissions and Flying Display Director (FDD) and Airborne Flying Display Director accreditation. Following consultation, CAP 403 has been amended, updated and published as Ed 18. 

    To participate in a flying display, display pilots are required to obtain a Display Authorisation (DA). Details on obtaining a DA will be found in CAP 1724 Display Standards Document which following consultation has been amended, updated and published as Ed 3.

    Charges

    Full details of associated charges can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges.

    Flying display and special event organisers

    If planning a flying display that will be advertised and open to the public, a Flying Display Permission will be required. However, a Permission may still be required for unadvertised private events. Further details can be found in CAP 403.

    Permissions for flying displays will only be granted to FDDs that have been appropriately accredited under the joint CAA/MAA FDD accreditation scheme. For flying displays consisting of one single item, permissions may be granted to the display pilot who has been accredited to act as an Airborne FDD (AFDD), provided other conditions are met. Further information on FDD accreditation and how to apply can be found in CAP 403 and on the Flying Display Director Accreditation page.

    If planning an event that involves the use of helicopters for arriving and departing members of the public, Guidance for event organisers and helicopter operators at special events (PDF) should be referred to.

    Display pilots

    To participate in a flying display, display pilots are required to obtain a Display Authorisation (DA). Details on obtaining a DA can be found in CAP1724 Flying Display Standards Document.

    DA issues, revalidations and upgrades can be applied for using form SRG1300.

    To help facilitate newly qualified display pilots (tyro DAs) with an opportunity to gain experience and exposure within the Flying Display community, the CAA has developed a scheme whereby first time newly qualified display pilots may be eligible for display slots at flying displays where event organisers and Flying Display Directors do not incur any extra charge.  Further details of the qualifying requirements can be found in CAP403.

    Behavioural and attitudinal fitness assessment

    FDDs and display pilots are required to complete a behavioural and attitudinal fitness assessment in order to demonstrate that they are suitable candidates for organising and participating in a flying display. Further information and access to the online assessment form can be found on the behavioural and attitudinal fitness assessment webpage.

    Making an application for a Flying Display or Special Event Permission

    For further information about applying for a Flying Display or Special Event Permission and access to the online application form, please visit How to apply for a Flying Display or Special Event Permission.

    SRG1330

    SRG 1330, the Airborne Flying Display Director (AFDD) Checklist can be used to supplement any existing procedures that AFDDs use before flying in a Flying Display or Private Flying Display as defined in CAP 403 and should be provided to the nominated individual present on the ground at the display venueresponsible for contacting the emergency services in the event of an incident or accident.

  • Related Information

    Read our display season 18 mid-season update

    Military Aviation Authority Regulatory Publication: RA 2335 - Flying Displays and Flypasts