CAA RPAS integration sandbox for the advancement of BVLOS flights

Helping support the development of integrating Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) into UK Airspace

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 of the integration of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) into UK Airspace we have launched a regulatory sandbox.

We intend that the integrated Concepts of Operation (ConOps) be trialled by appropriate industry stakeholders to support the ongoing development of CAA policy and understanding of 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).

Online briefing event

There will be a short briefing event on 10 January 2024 at 14:00 via MS Teams where you will be able to ask questions of the CAA with regards to the application process.

Please register below and you will be emailed joining instructions on the morning of 10 January 2024.

Register for the CAA RPAS Integration Sandbox Online 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.