Flying Display Authorisation Standards Document

Closes 18 Jan 2019

Opened 17 Dec 2018

Results expected 15 Feb 2019


This consultation concerns the proposed new publication entitled CAP1724: Display Standards Document which we are planning to publish around mid-February 2019.

This new CAP will be available 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. This proposed CAP1724 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 DAs/DAEs to perform their tasks, discharge their responsibilities and maintain compliance with applicable aviation law.

Readers familiar with CAP403 will notice that much of this material was in that publication’s previous edition, and was removed from the edition currently under consultation [see Related documents below]. This is because we took the view that the DA/DAE material is sufficiently distinct from the legal, safety and administrative requirements of those organising flying displays themselves. Therefore, we decided to create two documents that are separate, parallel and more targeted to their respective audiences.

Why We Are Consulting

It is vital this CAP 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, feedback will assist in ensuring that the regulations governing flying display authorisations are proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

This consultation period allows the regulated community to provide feedback on this new CAP ahead of the forthcoming Pre-Display Season Symposium and 2019 Display Season.

How to respond to this consultation

Please send us your comments online using the link below (preferred method). Alternatively please email stating the paragraph reference and suggested change/comment.


  • General Aviation


  • Safety