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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.


DS24 Symposia

DS24 Post-season symposium

13 November 2024 – DAE Seminar (DAEs only), to be held at Cambourne (Duxford).

14 November 2024 – 2024 Post- Display Season Symposium, to be held at IWM Duxford.

DS24 Pre-season symposium

The 2024 Pre-Display Season Symposium was held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham on 19-20 March 2024.


DS23 Symposia

DS23 Pre-season symposium

The 2023 Pre-Season Display Symposium was held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham on 28-29 March 2023, the slides from which can be accessed here:

Flying Display Pre-Season Symposium 2023 – Presentation Slides

DS23 Post-season symposium

The 2023 Post-Season Display Symposium was held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on 15 November 2023.


DS22 Symposia

DS22 Pre-season symposium

The 2022 Pre-Season Display Symposium was held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham on the 23 March 2022 the slides from which can be accessed here:

Flying Display Pre-display Season Symposium Presentations 2022

DS22 Post-season symposium

The 2022 Post-Season Display Symposium was held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham on the 16 November 2022 the slides from which can be accessed here:

Flying Display Post Display Season 22 Symposium  - Presentation Slides


DS21 Symposia

The 2021 Post Display Symposium was held online on the 09 November 2021 the slides from which can be accessed here:

Flying Display Post-Season Symposium 2021 – Presentation Slides


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.