Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and administrative requirements and guidance

Closed 2 Feb 2018

Opened 5 Jan 2018

Feedback updated 30 Oct 2018

We asked

It is vital that 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 for flying displays and special events remains proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

We asked for feedback from the regulated community on proposed amendments to CAP 403 ahead of the pre-display season symposium and 2018 display season. 

You said

We received 39 formal responses to our consultation suggesting amendments to specific paragraphs and informing discussion of the proposed changes. 

We did

Results updated 26 Oct 2018

We published Edition 15 of CAP 403 in March 2018.  

This edition includes minor clarifications and editorial changes throughout, the addition and amendment of certain definitions, details of the acceptability of certain foreign display authorisations, additional guidance for Flying Display and Special Event applications, additional information concerning military participation, further secondary spectator considerations, additional hazardous material information, clarification concerning display practises on the day of an event, further details of FDD Accreditation, the provision of Deputy FDDs, reinforced requirement for submission of Flying Display Director Post-Display Feedback Form, updated information concerning the Police, the removal of reference to ORS4.1174 for display flight outside of the Display Area, revised requirements for DAEs, revised requirements for DAs, inclusion of a Suspension and Revocation procedure for FDDs, DAEs and DAs, amendments to DA Categories and Groups, incorporation of the Tyro DA scheme, Appendix B review, the removal of the 120 day notification period for RA(T)s for major events and further details concerning reporting and feedback.



This consultation contains the proposed amendments to the CAP 403, Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and Administrative Requirements and Guidance, which are planned to be effective from 1 April 2018.

Why your views matter

It is vital that the CAA ensures 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, feedback will assist in ensuring that the regulations governing Flying Displays and Special Events are proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

This consultation period allows the regulated community to provide feedback on the changes to CAP 403 ahead of the forthcoming Pre-Display Season Symposium and 2018 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.


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