• Following a successful bid for funds from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, we will be setting up a new team to facilitate innovation throughout the aviation and travel industries. 

    This will enable us to support three new areas of work:

    • An innovation gateway - allowing anyone to submit ideas for the aviation sector and get a quick answer from us as to whether it needs regulatory input or approval
    • A regulatory lab - This will set out a roadmap and develop test cases, possibly around issues like automation and urban air mobility. Bringing together everyone with an interest in the area such as other regulators, academia and the public, to develop potential regulatory models and avoid duplication between agencies.
    • And a regulatory sandbox – where we can give initial guidance to innovators on the development and potential eventual approval of ideas. This would be separate from our teams deciding on final regulatory approval. 

    The new innovation team will be a significant change to the way we interface with individuals and companies working in the sector and the team will work closely with the rest of the organisation to make sure work is coordinated. Over the next few months we’ll be doing some engagement with interested parties about how we’ll deliver this work.

    We aim for the team to be set up in 2019 in the meantime if you wish to lodge an interest in using any of the new options then please email innovation@caa.co.uk