• 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:

    • support from a dedicated case officer who will work with them to review what they want to achieve, what permission and approvals are required and how to undertake the necessary application processes
    • development of a trial plan to enable iterative testing and knowledge sharing that will inform future regulations with best practice learnings being shared across the sector
    • access to the regulatory toolbox, i.e. a library of guidance to prepare the submission of their operational safety cases. Note that the innovation team will not provide approvals. These will be assessed independently by our regulatory teams
    • access to a community of partners across the innovation ecosystem.

    We have on-boarded six companies for the launch of the sandbox and will be announcing their names shortly.
    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.

  • Privacy notice - how we use your data

    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.requests@caa.co.uk.  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.