What does being award PDA mean?
It is the approval for the team to display in front of the public for the season and involves flying the proposed display sequence for the assessors for the first time.
- It’s the culmination of many months of hard work (commonly referred to as the ‘work-up’), training and planning and is a very prestigious occasion but not without its pressures.
- The teams must present a polished and above all safe flying display to satisfy the AOC that they are fit to conduct the display season. See where the Typhoon Display Pilot has displayed in the past.
- The process can take between 1 and 2 days and involves both pilots and support staff.
- Once awarded, the teams can wear their display team flying suits. Usually black but red or blue for the Red Arrows pilots and their circus If you’re lucky you might bump into one at an airshow…
PDA May 2022
Congratulations to the Typhoon Display team, RAF Chinook Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows, all of whom have now passed their PDA.
Read our interview with this years Typhoon Display Pilot here.
As you would expect, the best of the best will be bringing joy to the nation during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
As well as crowd-favourite manoeuvres and innovative shapes, the Red Arrows’ new show for 2022 contains a formation to honour the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Sqn Ldr Tom Bould, RAF Red 1 says:
It is with great pride and privilege the Red Arrows have opportunity to join with countless individuals and communities, across the United Kingdom and further afield, to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, by performing a display full of creativity and excitement.
“The new show features lots of loops, rolls and shapes with our trademark patriotic red, white and blue trails, marking this important year and the very best of British.
We are looking forward to seeing all our favourite display teams take part in the official fly past over Buckingham Palace on June 2nd..
Practice makes perfect.
As you would expect, a flypast containing 70 aircraft takes some work, the personnel involved have been practicing this week from RAF College Cranwell. Images courtesy of the MOD.
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