Permissions for drone flights in Switzerland

  • In Switzerland there are areas where flying drones is prohibited or only possible with a permit. As a drone pilot, you are obliged to inform yourself about the applicable area restrictions before each drone flight.
  • Sensitive areas include airfields, nature reserves, nuclear power plants, wind turbines, correctional facilities, hospitals with helipads and military infrastructure.
  • Within a radius of 5 km around airfields and heliports, a permit is required to operate a drone weighing 0.25 kg or more. The SFO (Special Flight Office) tool helps drone operators to obtain a flight permit from skyguide.
  • The FOCA may issue permits for special flights. For example, for flights in the immediate vicinity of crowds.

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Contacts Airports, airfields and heliports.
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For Skyguide flight permits.
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DJI GEO system with flight restriction zones.
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For unlocking higher risk zones.
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Responsible for special permissions.
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Guidance for the safe operation of drones.

Permit scheme for drone flights around airfields


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