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.
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) Accreditation. The new CAP403 has been amended and updated following a consultation in January 2019.
Note that Display Pilots and Display Authorisation Evaluators should refer to the separate CAP1724 Display Standards Document.
Full details of associated charges can be found in the CAA
Scheme of Charges.
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
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 can then 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.
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
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.
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.
SRG 1330, the Airborne Flying
Display Director Checklist can be used to supplement any existing procedures
that Airborne Flying Display Directors (AFDD) use prior to 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 venue responsible
for contacting the emergency services in the event of an incident or accident.
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