Formation Flying

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I wonder if any of the pilots on here can tell me, what qualifications (if any) are need to be able to take part in public displays when flying in formations ? I remember one of the Breitling pilots saying on the TV, that it needed a fair amount of skill, to fly different types of aircraft in a tight formation, as they all had different characteristics. I only ask this out of interest, and have no "agenda"
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Dont think anyone wants to talk about this at the moment they are all too caught up in historic section at the mo.

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Shouldn't the thread be in General Aviation anyway? Or possibly Historic. But not here......
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Indeed so. This isn't where the pilots are to be found.

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Sorry, my mistake. Perhaps the mods can move it, or if it's duplicating something which has already been commented on, delete it.

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Thank you, that seems a pretty comprehensive document. The section on Display Flying being the most interesting. As the parts preceding that are mostly concerned with H & S, and risk assessment.

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There are no formal qualifications for formation flying, but it will take several hours of good quality training to get up to a good standard and be comfortable with it (I wouldn't go so far as to say relaxed). Andy Hill at North Weald does quite a few very good formation training sessions, mostly around Yaks and RVs and has a lot of good ex-service coaches who do it mostly for the fun of it. To get your display authorisation, you have to do a test with one of the senior examiners, like Peter Kinsey. That will set out clearly the limits of what you're allowed to do in front of the paying public. I believe the authorisation lasts for one year from the test.

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Ah thanks for that, so you do need to be authorised to display in public. That's what I was wondering. I imagine it's those Yaks that are often to be seen flying over Hanningfield ?
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There is a display team as well as the school based at The Weald ISTR Moggy

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Certainly a DA is needed for public events. As I understand it, it is not needed for private events (i.e. no publicity or paying public) or for the likes of aerobatic competitions