CAP 1724 Flying Display Standards

Closed 12 Feb 2021

Opened 15 Jan 2021

Feedback updated 11 Mar 2021

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 2021 display season. 

We compiled a draft of CAP 1724 Edition 3 and consulted on it from 15 January 2021 until 12 February 2021.

You said

We received a total of 35 unique comments to the draft CAP from 10 respondents. Of all the comments, 27 clearly conveyed some sort of change. Of these, 19 comments were textual in nature, suggesting revised wording or highlighting minor drafting points. Many of these comments were duplicated between respondents. Of the remaining eight comments, two were more substantive, calling for some sort of change of the underlying policy, five were non-specific and did not suggest any change and 1 offered no comment other than that the respondent had reviewed all of the changes.

We did

We accepted 11 of the all the comments received (41%). 

Of the 19 textual comments, we accepted 10. Most of these comprised rewording content for clarification, and we have tried to take a balanced view on what would be helpful. Several respondents requested changes to text that the majority of readers indicated as satisfactory. Some called for revision to text that we had carefully drafted in cooperation with various DAE’s while the remainder suggested changes that have already been made.

Regarding the two substantive comments we received, we implemented one. The one substantive comment we elected not to implement was due to its potential to have unintended consequences.

We have produced a final version of CAP 1724 Edition 3 which was published on 11 March 2021


CAP 1724 was first published in February 2019 alongside CAP403 Flying Displays and Special Events, the aim being 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. 

How to respond to this consultation

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 12 February 2021 and we aim to publish the new edition of CAP 1724 thereafter.


  • General Aviation


  • Flying Displays and Events