Public Consultation on DRAFT CAP1724

Closed 19 Jan 2024

Opened 20 Dec 2023

Feedback updated 1 Feb 2024

We asked

It is vital that CAP 1724 Flying Display Pilot Authorisation and Evaluation: 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 1724 ahead of the 2024 display season. 

We compiled a draft of CAP 1724 Edition 6 and consulted on it over four working weeks from 20 December 2023 to 19 January 2024. 

You said

We received a total of 35 unique comments to the draft CAP 1724 from 10 respondents.  

Of all the comments, 19 clearly conveyed some sort of change. Of these, 15 comments were textual in nature, suggesting revised wording or highlighting minor drafting points; the remaining 4 comments were more substantive, calling for some sort of change of the underlying policy. 

We did

We accepted 10 of all the comments suggesting some sort of change (53%). 

Of the 15 textual comments received, we accepted 9. Most of these comprised of rewording content for clarification, and we have tried to take a balanced view on what would be helpful. Of the 6 we elected not to implement, some were not specific enough to warrant a change, some suggested changes that were made elsewhere and one requested a change that had already been implemented.

Regarding the 4 more substantive comments we received, we implemented 1. Of those we elected not to implement, one was covered already in this document and it was considered that the remaining comments might have further unintended consequences.

We have produced a final version of CAP 1724 Edition 6 which was published on February 1st 2024. 


This consultation contains the proposed amendments to the next edition of CAP1724: Flying Display Pilot Authorisation and Evaluation: Requirements and Guidance (Edition 6), which are planned to be effective from mid-February 2024.

Why we are consulting

It is vital that CAP1724 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 the gaining, maintenance and evaluation of Display Authorisations are proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

This consultation period allows the regulated community to provide feedback on the changes to CAP1724 ahead of the forthcoming 2024 Display Season.


  • General Aviation


  • Flying Displays and Events