Our purpose

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. We ensure the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards; protect consumers by making sure they have choice and value and are treated fairly; drive improvements in airlines and airports’ environmental performance; and ensure that the industry manages security risks effectively.

We are a public corporation, established by Parliament in 1972 as an independent specialist aviation regulator. The UK Government requires that our costs are met entirely from charges to those we provide a service to or regulate.

We have around 1,000 employees following a wide variety of different career paths. Most are based in our two main offices, in London near Holborn and close to Gatwick Airport in Sussex. We have smaller regional offices at Stirling and Manchester.

Find out more about who we are and what we do on the main CAA website.

Get a better idea of the scope of civil aviation jobs by finding out how we're structured.