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18 Apr 2016

Last week the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published a final report following their Civil Air Display Review, which contained a series of measures to improve safety at UK air displays.

Safety governs every aspect of the Farnborough International Airshow and we welcome the final report, which together with an update to CAP403 that states the actual requirements for UK air displays, has been provided in good time to allow us to finalise our air display for this year’s show.  

In addition to complying with the new CAA regulations we will continue to implement our own set of Farnborough regulations adapted and created through decades of airshow experience, that go above and beyond those of the CAA.

For the protection of everyone, inside and outside the show, we will continue to adopt the concept of the ‘Farnborough Bowl rule’ that limits where a pilot can fly down to minimum display height and requires pilots to be climbing while moving away from the aerodrome and aerobatic areas. To further increase the safety of people not attending the air show, whether passing by the perimeter, through the local area or living in the vicinity, we have also reduced significantly the area where aerobatics are permitted. Display pilots at Farnborough are monitored by highly experienced pilots in our Flying Control Committee who, as in previous years, will review pilots’ intended displays before they fly at Farnborough and use specialist electro optical tracking equipment to ensure they comply with the Farnborough set of rules.

In compliance with the new regulations there will also be more restrictions for entering areas surrounding TAG Farnborough Airport during display times. We will give detailed updates on restricted areas and any subsequent traffic restrictions closer to the Airshow so that everyone will have time to plan their journeys accordingly.

As organisers of the largest display under CAA regulation we will continue to work closely with them and assist them with the post-implementation review later this year. 

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