Flying drones in Switzerland is an unbroken trend. This way you can get spectacular photos of mountain lakes or a mountain range. As of 2021, there are new rules in Switzerland. We have compiled all the current regulations that you should know so that you know what to look out for.
If you hear an approaching buzz in the distance, these days it's pretty much a remote-controlled drone with a camera
Lawmakers have put some limits on the unrestrained use of drones, as it can be dangerous for air traffic, in addition to causing some noise pollution and privacy issues.
The permit for flying drones is issued by the flight safety authority or airfield operator responsible in a region.
The innovations regarding drone flying in Switzerland concern:
Although the new EU regulation also enshrines online training with testing for drone pilots, this is not yet planned for drone flying in Switzerland. However, if the Swiss government wants to adopt the EU regulations as before, a training regulation will become inevitable.
If you misuse drones, you can expect heavy fines. In addition, any owner of aircraft, be it hot air balloons, model airplanes or drones, can be held liable for any damage they may cause.
Even if someone causes damage with your drone without your knowledge, you can be partially prosecuted for it. Unless you can prove that you kept the drone safe. According to the Federal Law on Aviation, non-compliance with the above regulations can result in fines of up to CHF 20,000 (link to the law)
The actual amount of the fine depends on the severity of the offense and is decided on an individual basis. Lawyers are increasingly dealing with the annually increasing cases of violations of ordinances on drone flying in Switzerland
Examples of sanctions:
The Swiss civil air traffic control Skyguide allows you via Skymap to accurately retrieve the regulations for the particular area in which you want to launch
Under the link Mappe Luftkarte Drohne Skyguide you will find a map or aerial chart that allows you to select the exact region where you want to fly your drone in Switzerland.
Clicking on the marked areas will show you if you need a permit and if so, which one. Or whether air traffic by drones is prohibited at all in the respective area. In addition, you can also register your aircraft quickly and easily via Skyguide.