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As part of our work to enable the safe integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) flying Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) we have developed an airspace policy concept using Temporary Reserved Areas (TRA) of airspace.

To help support the development for the integration of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) into UK Airspace we have launched a regulatory sandbox.

Our intention is that the integrated Concepts of Operation (ConOps) be trialled by appropriate industry stakeholders to support the ongoing development of CAA policy and understanding for UAS flights integrated with other airspace users. The call is open to individual organisations or consortia working on the development of UA systems operating beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

Further information about how the sandbox trials fit in with the CAA’s airspace policy concept and airspace modernisation strategy, as well as how you can apply to be a part of the sandbox, can be found in the following briefing:

UK CAA Integration Sandbox Briefing

Application period

The application period for this sandbox has a staggered approach with three tranches:

Tranche 1

  • Closing date 23:59 on Thursday 1 February 2024

Tranche 2

  • Closing date 23:59 on Thursday 29 February 2024

Tranche 3

  • Closing Date 23:59 on Thursday 4 April 2024

Only those who are accepted into the sandbox trial will be able to establish a trial TRA. This is to ensure that the CAA can manage the trials as a controlled exercise, working closely with all successful applicants to ensure the airspace policy concept and the technical enables required to move the policy forward are proved.

Full details and how to apply are available in this supporting publication:

CAP 2616: Regulatory Sandbox for the development of capabilities to integrate Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) in unsegregated airspace.