2017 air display requirements
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