CAA launches ‘Innovation Sandbox’ with six industry leading participants


The CAA has launched ‘Innovation Sandbox’, a new virtual space where new technology can be safely tested.

It has been designed to offer innovative companies the chance to discuss, explore, trial and test emerging concepts.

Launched by the CAA’s new Innovation Team, which was initially funded by a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) grant, it has six participants.

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The six consist of Altitude Angel, Amazon, NATS and Searidge Technologies, NBEC Consortium, Nesta Challenges and Volocopter.

Expected to work closely with the participants, the Innovation Team will have input to help them understand how they can meet regulatory requirements.

Announcing the Innovation Sandbox, Tim Johnson, director at the CAA, said: “The UK is a global leader for aviation innovation and we are excited to be playing our role to support this. Public safety remains our number one priority, and our Innovation Sandbox will allow for the creation of world-first technologies, tried and tested in a safe environment.”

Emma Simpson, heading up the new Innovation Team, added: “We are working to enable innovative ideas and continue to collaborate with the international community, working with industry, for the public. These first six participants in our Innovation Sandbox are bringing exciting opportunities for the UK to benefit from in years to come.” 

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