Using a drone: everything you need to know
The use of a drone in Switzerland is regulated by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA). Here are the main rules for using a drone in Switzerland:
Drones must be registered with the FOCA if they weigh more than 500 grams. Registration can be done online on the FOCA website.
Drones must be equipped with an identification plate with the owner’s details.
Drones must not fly above an altitude of 150 metres.
Drones must not be operated in the vicinity of aerodromes or helipads, unless expressly authorised by the FOCA.
Drones may not be used in the vicinity of populated areas, gatherings of people or critical installations such as nuclear power stations or dams.
Drones must not be used in such a way as to infringe on the privacy or safety of others.
Drones must be flown in direct view of the pilot and at a maximum distance of 500 metres.
In addition to these general rules, the use of drones is also regulated according to their weight and use. For example, drones weighing more than 30 kg require a specific authorisation from the FOCA.
In summary, the use of a drone in Switzerland is subject to strict rules laid down by the FOCA. Drones must be registered, have an identification plate and must not fly at an altitude of more than 150 metres. Drones may not be used in the vicinity of populated areas, gatherings of people or critical installations, and may not infringe on the privacy or safety of others.