2017 air dis­play re­quire­ments

Pilot - - FLIGHT TEST -

The fol­low­ing email from Barry Tem­pest to the CAA at end Fe­bru­ary was copied to Pi­lot.

What on earth is hap­pen­ing? The 2017 air­show sea­son is but a cou­ple of months away and there are no ap­proved fly­ing dis­play direc­tors (FDDS) in the UK, mil­i­tary or civil. Or­gan­is­ers have been mak­ing ar­range­ments for the 2017 sea­son for around six months with­out know­ing if they will have an FDD. With the 45-day no­tice re­quired for an ap­pli­ca­tion and no FDDS in ex­is­tence, an air­show sched­uled for early May will have to can­cel now. No syl­labus has been pub­lished de­spite the months dur­ing which you were aware of the vi­tal need for one.

This whole busi­ness is ut­terly ridicu­lous and prov­ing the GA Unit pol­icy sec­tion ‘not fit for pur­pose’. You have many ex­cel­lent ad­min staff, as I had in my time in the Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Depart­ment, but it seems the pol­icy el­e­ment is aw­ful. I would defy you to dis­prove my opin­ion.

I can­not at­tend the Shriven­ham FDD train­ing course and wish to at­tend the al­ter­na­tive event to be ar­ranged in the North of Eng­land, ru­moured to be at War­ton. I wish to get the dates in my di­ary as there are other mat­ters that I need to at­tend to and ap­point­ments to be made rather than wait­ing for the GA Unit to ex­tract its col­lec­tive digit. I will be at the BADA/MAA (Bri­tish Air Dis­play As­so­ci­a­tion/mil­i­tary Avi­a­tion Author­ity) pre-sea­son sym­po­sium on 23 March at Shriven­ham. Barry Tem­pest FRAES

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