Fireworks, lasers and sky lantern releases
As fireworks and laser shows can distract or endanger aircraft, we offer guidance for anyone planning a major firework, laser show or sky lantern release. If we know of a major event we can alert pilots and air traffic control in advance.
We are able to offer advice on any sort of event and strongly recommend that you contact us if you are planning a show near an airfield or where aircraft regularly fly.
For information relating to guidance for upcoming shows and events please see CAP 736.
Air display applications
If you are planning a flying display that will be advertised and open to the public then you will need permission from us.
Tethered unmanned gas balloons
In the UK, permission is needed to fly tethered unmanned gas balloons that are:
- at or above 60 metres
- within an aerodrome traffic zone
- within notified airspace
Civil or military events featuring military aircraft
The CAA must be notified about any UK event that features military aircraft.
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