David Tait

Innovation Lead


David is the Head of Innovation, leading the Innovation Hub at the UK specialist aviation, space and travel regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The Innovation Hub is taking a forward-looking perspective, enabling innovators to test novel technologies and new business models across our remit. This will allow innovators to better understand the existing regulatory frameworks, best practice lessons to be shared across the sector, and prepare the CAA to develop a better understanding of innovations and how existing regulations may need to evolve.


Tech Xplore

17 November 2021 | 10:45 - 11:15 | Panel discussion: Is automation the future of aviation?

Explore the use of emerging technologies in automating air traffic management, airport and airline operations.How much automation are we comfortable with? To what level should we depend on automation? How to avoid human interference causing errors in automation? What are the side-effects of a highly automated systems and how can we combat them? – Get answers to these questions and more. Join our panelists as they discuss the advantages and the challenges that come with automation in aviation.

Aerospace 2050

17 November 2021 | 11:50 - 12:30 | Keynote panel: Maximizing regulatory readiness- fast tracking delivery

This panel will assess the true potential of advanced aerial mobility technology and uncover how we can anticipate regulatory challenges to avoid implementation delays. With interest in UAV/UAM technology accelerating, how can stakeholders increase pressure to quicken the pace of regulatory change to keep up with demand.  Developing the ideal conditions to promote innovation, facilitate efficient governance and ensure security and safety.


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