The Regulatory Sandbox provides a capability for users to work with the CAA to test and trial innovative solutions in a safe environment, in particular those solutions that do not fit within the existing scope of regulations, permissions, and exemptions.
Innovators will receive:
We have on-boarded six companies for the launch of the sandbox.
The six companies and their projects are:
a company providing innovative solutions for airspace, unlocking the potential of unmanned aircraft to fly in airspace across the world.
We are working with Amazon on their Prime Air project, a planned delivery system designed to safely and quickly get packages to customers using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
Cranfield University is leading a consortium of organisations to create an experimentation corridor that will enable drones and unmanned aircraft to have their locations tracked and thus safely fly in the same airspace as manned aircraft.
We are working with air traffic control body NATS, to implement new technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital air traffic control towers.
Innovation foundation Nesta’s Flying High programme aims to maximise the economic and social benefits of drone technology to UK cities. They are working to challenge and develop sustainable drone systems to create a safe, innovative future.
We are working with Volocopter, a company developing electrically powered urban air taxis (#eVTOLs) – known as drone taxis – to help modern cities solve their increasing mobility issues.
The CAA’s sandbox team will work closely with the companies to help them develop their projects so that they meet the UK’s high safety standards and the CAA’s regulatory requirements. Ultimately enabling them to bring their new aviation and travel products and services to market.
We will be recruiting more participants for on-boarding later in the year, and we would love to hear more about your organisation, your innovation, and how we could help you.
If you have a proposal you would like to discuss with us, please
complete our submission form.
The UK CAA’s Innovation team collects and stores your name, organisation name, contact address, email address and telephone number for the purpose of contacting you throughout the innovation consultation process.
The processing of your personal data is necessary for the purposes of our, or our third party's, legitimate interests and does not affect your fundamental rights and freedoms as a data subject.
We sometimes need to share details of your innovation and personal details with other organisations within the aviation industry. Where this is necessary we are required to comply with all aspects of the GDPR. Your information will be shared for the purpose of contacting you throughout the innovation consultation process.
The system used to process your information is provided by Avoka, based in Germany, and they have routine access to your information to provide services to us.
We retain your personal information for the duration of our relationship with you and, thereafter, for a period of two years for ongoing monitoring of related innovations and audit purposes.
You may withdraw consent at any time, submit an enquiry or make a complaint by emailing FOI.firstname.lastname@example.org. Further rights as a data subject can be found here.
How to contact the CAA's Data Protection Officer.
You have a right to complain to the ICO about the CAA's processing of personal data.
Access our General privacy notice.
This privacy notice was last updated on 1 May 2019 and is subject to change.
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