CAP 403 Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and administrative requirements and guidance 2022

Closed 10 Jan 2022

Opened 10 Dec 2021

Feedback updated 9 Feb 2022

We asked

It is vital that CAP 403 Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and Administrative Requirements and Guidance remains up-to-date and relevant, and that the CAA’s guidance material in these areas remains proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

We asked for feedback from the regulated community on proposed amendments to CAP 403 ahead of the 2022 display season. 

We compiled a draft of CAP 403 Edition 19 and consulted on it over four working weeks from 10 December 2021 to 10 January 2022. 

You said

A total of 49 unique comments to the draft CAP 403 from 18 respondents were received.

48 clearly conveyed some sort of change and 1 was unclear. Of these, 34 comments were textual in nature, suggesting revised wording or highlighting minor drafting points. Many of these comments were duplicated between respondents; and the other 14 comments were more substantive, calling for some sort of change of the underlying policy. 

We did

13 of the comments were accepted (27%). Most of these comprised of suggested rewording of content for clarification. A further 12 comments were suggested changes which had already been made.

Of the 23 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 403 Edition 19 which was published on 9 February 2022. 


This consultation contains the proposed amendments to the next edition of CAP 403, Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and Administrative Requirements and Guidance, which are planned to be effective from the end of February 2022.

Why your views matter

It is vital that CAP 403 is up-to-date and relevant to allow the display industry to prosper whilst maintaining public safety at all times. Feedback from the regulated community is crucial in supporting this.

In addition, this feedback will assist in ensuring that the regulations governing Flying Displays and Special Events are proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

This consultation allows the regulated community to provide feedback on the changes to the next editiokn of CAP 403 ahead of the forthcoming 2022 Display Season.

How to respond to this consultation

We welcome views on this consultation editionplease note that the proposed changes from the previous edition are underlined in red.

You can see the proposed amendments in this separate summary document

Please send us your comments by 10 January 2022 using the link below .

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


  • General Aviation


  • Flying Displays and Events