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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.

Tell us about an upcoming event involving lasers, fireworks, toy balloons or sky lanterns

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.

Guidance for display or event organisers

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

Apply for a permission to fly

Civil or military events featuring military aircraft

The CAA must be notified about any UK event that features military aircraft.

Contact the CAA and RAF events team