New Drone Regulations coming to Switzerland in January 2021

Switzerland is introducing new regulations for flying drones. Depending upon circumstances, registration is required. See the FOCA announcement page and the FAQ on new drone regulations. For most FPV drones, one of the A1 categories is likely.

Registration is required as per the FAQ:

CategoryWeightFlight AreaRegistrationPilot Requirements
A1< 250gAreas in which the drone will not fly over assemblies of peopleNot necessary unless the aircraft is equipped with a camera or other sensor that collects personal dataNone
A1< 900gAreas in which the drone will not fly over assemblies of people
Areas in which, after reasonable assessment, the conclusion may be drawn that no uninvolved persons will be flown over
YesOnline training and examination
A2< 4kgAreas in which the drone will not fly over assemblies of people
Areas in which, after reasonable assessment, the conclusion may be drawn that no uninvolved persons will be flown over.
Areas in which a minimum horizontal safety distance of 30 m is maintained from uninvolved persons
YesRemote pilot certificate (includes completion of online training and examination as for A1 and A3, declaration of practical self-study, additional theory examination)
A3< 25kgAreas in which the drone will not fly over assemblies of people
Areas in which, after reasonable assessment, the conclusion may be drawn that no uninvolved persons will be flown over
Areas in which a minimum horizontal safety distance of 150 m is maintained from residential, commercial, industrial and recreational areas
YesOnline training and examination

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