UK CAA first sandbox report supports operating safety case for BVLOS in non-segregated airspace

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Innovation Hub is using a sandbox to help innovators maximise regulatory readiness for the demonstration of their aviation systems by testing them in a safe environment and learning how they address regulatory challenges.

In the first published findings, Flylogix has released a Sandbox Report that reflects on its participation in the CAA Regulatory Sandbox and anticipates beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights within a Transponder Mandatory Zone by 2023.

The Regulatory Sandbox enables innovators to increase the regulatory readiness of innovative solutions that do not fit within the scope of existing regulations, permissions and exemptions.

Flylogix, in partnership with NATS and TotalEnergies, participated the CAA Sandbox to trial the use of RPAS flying BVLOS to inspect Offshore Oil and Gas installations within a Temporary Danger Area (TDA), in order to build an evidence base for an Operating Safety Case (OSC) for commercial operations in nonsegregated airspace.

BVLOS operations in the UK are not explicitly prohibited or restricted by regulation, but do require authorisation from the CAA. Flylogix tested a Detect And Avoid (DAA) solution comprising multiple technologies during flights within a Temporary Danger Area (TDA), to demonstrate their ability to operate safely in non-segregated airspace. Through its test flights, Flylogix gathered evidence on the functionality and reliability of their proposed DAA solution, supporting their future plans for BVLOS operations in non-segregated airspace.

Flylogix will use the evidence gathered through the Sandbox to support their Operating Safety Case for flights within a Transponder Mandatory Zone (TMZ). The TMZs would initially be on a trial basis, and Flylogix is targeting the establishment of a permanent TMZ by 2023.

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