The CAA is preparing to launch a new ‘Innovation in Aviation’ capability in April 2019, offering innovators the chance to discuss, explore, trial and test emerging concepts and technologies in aviation, where there are no current precedents or clear frameworks.

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
  • And a regulatory sandbox – where we can give tailored guidance to innovators on future regulatory expectations, and support test and trials. This would be separate from our teams deciding on final regulatory 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.

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. Please see below links to some videos from Emma Simpson, Head of Innovation as well as our current job opportunities and our blogs.

Link to blogs on corporate site here -

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