CAP 1724 Flying Display Standards: Edition 4 Consultation

Closed 15 Feb 2022

Opened 18 Jan 2022

Feedback updated 9 Mar 2022

We asked

It is vital that CAP1724 Flying Display Authorisation Standards Document remains up-to-date and relevant, and that the CAA’s guidance material in this area remains proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

We asked for feedback from the regulated community on proposed amendments to CAP 1724 ahead of the 2022 display season. 

We compiled a draft of CAP 1724 Edition 4 and consulted on it over 4 working weeks from 18 January 2022 until 15 February 2022. 

You said

A total of 40 unique comments to the draft CAP from 16 respondents were received.

34 clearly conveyed some sort of change, 3 suggested no changes and 3 were unclear. Of these, 23 comments were textual in nature, suggesting revised wording or highlighting minor drafting points. Many of these comments were duplicated between respondents; and the other 11 comments were more substantive, calling for some sort of change of the underlying policy. 

We did

20 of the comments were accepted (50%). Most of these comprised of suggested rewording of content for clarification. A further 4 comments were suggested where changes had already been made and 7 comments were noted as unclear / unspecific.

Of the remaining 9 elected not to implement, most called for revision to text that had been carefully drafted in cooperation and consultation with other groups. Others asked for further expansion on material that is covered adequately either in this document or elsewhere. Some suggested the introduction of content that was thought not necessary and outside the scope of this CAP.

We have produced a final version of CAP 1724 Edition 4 which was published on 9 March 2022. 


This CAP was first published in February 2019 alongside CAP403 Flying Displays and Special Events to ensure that the process of display pilot evaluation is standardised as far as is practicable.

It provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in areas such as preparation, standardisation and evaluations; and contains regulatory guidance material to enable those people to perform their tasks, discharge their responsibilities and maintain compliance with applicable aviation law. 
We are now consulting on an amendment for a new Edition.

Please note that in addition to the amendments underlined in red in the draft document, Edition 4 has been streamlined by 13% as a result of feedback from the community.

How to respond

We welcome views on this draft of CAP 1724 for consultation, please note that the proposed changes from the previous edition are underlined in red for easy reference.

Please send us your comments online using the link below.

Alternatively email stating the paragraph reference and suggested change/comment.

What happens next?

The consultation closes on 15th February 2022 and we aim to publish the new Edition thereafter.

What happens next

The consultation closes on 15 February 2022 and we aim to publish the new edition of CAP 1724 thereafter.


  • General Aviation


  • Flying Displays and Events