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The Pre-Season Symposium is held in the spring and the Post-Season Symposium is held in the autumn. The aim of each symposium is to provide:

  • regulatory feedback
  • safety awareness
  • human factors training
  • identification of lessons learnt and to disseminate best practice to display pilots, event organisers and Flying Display Directors (FDDs).

They also give the Flying Display community an opportunity to share feedback with regulators, in order to improve the Flying Display environment as a whole.

DS22 Symposia

Dates for the Flying Display Season Symposiums for 2022 are as follows:

  • 2022 Pre-Season – 23/24 March 2022 at Defence Academy Shrivenham tbc
  • 2022 Post-Season – 11/12 October 2022 at Defence Academy Shrivenham tbc

Registration for 2022 Pre-Season Display Symposium

  • Registration for 2022 Pre-Season Symposium 23/24 March 2022 is now available
  • Registration for 2022 Post -Season Symposium 11/12 October 2022 will be available in June 2022

DS20 Pre-season symposium

Due to Covid restrictions, there were no Pre- or Post-Season Symposia during Display Season 2020.


DS19 Symposia

DS19 Pre-season symposium

The 2019 Pre-season symposium was held on 5 and 6 March 2019 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham near Swindon. The presentations, which are published here, covered a range of subjects including: a CAA update (CAP403 and CAP1724 walk through), a Military Aviation Authority season brief, error management, fatigue management, Human Factors and Flying Display preparation.

Flying Display Pre-Season Symposium 2019 - Presentation Slides

CAA and MAA update presentation slides

Display Season 2019 Mid-Season Update

CAP1824 - Display Season 2019 Mid-Season Update

DS19 Post-season symposium

The 2019 Post-season symposium was held on 12 and 13 November 2019 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham near Swindon. The objectives of the CAA/MAA-hosted symposium were to provide identification of lessons learnt, regulatory feedback, safety awareness, human factors training and a forum for the discussion of best practice to all those involved in flying displays, both civilian and military.


DS18 Symposia

We have published a number of presentations from our 2018 Flying Display Symposia. The presentations cover a range of subjects including: a CAA update (what we have achieved and what are our future aims), a Military Aviation Authority season brief and the importance of Human Factors.

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