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Air display applications
If you are planning a flying display that will be advertised and open to the public then you will need approval from us.
You do not need approval for events that do not invite the general public to attend, such as a local aero club fly-in.
In assessing your application, we will consider the safety of pilots, and spectators.
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An air display can be:
- multiple aircraft display
- single aircraft display
- a flypast
- a fly-in.
See the Air Display Administration and Procedures Manual for detailed definitions.
You can find about how to apply for an air display approval in the Air Display Administration and Procedures Manual.
Your application must include:
- detailed display instructions as outlined in the Air Display Administration and Procedures Manual
- a detailed program of events
- display pilot approvals and details
- where the display will be held
- a risk assessment
- your emergency response plan.
View all of the air display forms.
Submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must submit the forms and pay the estimated fee at least 28 days before the event.
Finalise your air display program details before you submit your application.
Complex events such as multiple aircraft displays, large static displays or combined events will need to be made well in advance.
In assessing your application, we will consider all sections in the Air Display Administration and Procedure Manual, including:
- what measures you have put in place to protect spectators
- whether the flight crew members are qualified for the type of activity.
Flight crew members must:
- have a valid flight crew licence and flight activity endorsements for the aircraft being flown
- have a current medical certificate.
Pilots must hold an air display pilot approval.
Your air display approval will specify:
- the date and location of the event
- any conditions we have placed on the approval
- other details you included in your application.
We conduct regular surveillance of air displays to ensure a display is being conducted as approved.
The display organiser must submit a Post Display Report to us within 14 days of the air display taking place.
The rules for air displays are in Regulation 156 of the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR 1988) and CAO 29.4.