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Helicopters: Switzerland introduces new flight procedure in a first worldwide

The Advanced Rotorcraft Instrument Flight Rules Operation in Switzerland (ARIOS) project aims to ensure safe take-off and landing for helicopters on challenging terrain, at night or in fog. After several years of development, the FOCA, Skyguide and the air rescue organisation Rega are introducing a new flight procedure in Interlaken BE that is unique in Switzerland and worldwide.



Mandatory use of simulators from 1.10.2024

Safe, efficient, environmentally friendly: those are the advantages of flight simulators. EASA stipulates that skill tests and proficiency checks for single-pilot aeroplanes (SPAs) and helicopters must take place on a flight simulator. This rule applies to aeroplanes from 1 October 2024 and to helicopters from 1 June 2025. Thereafter, the FOCA will no longer recognise skill tests and proficiency checks that have not been taken on a simulator.

CO2 and non-CO2 emissions


CO2 and non-CO2 emissions produced by aviation

Aircraft emit CO2 and other exhaust gases during the fuel combustion process. The Federal Council's long-term climate strategy addresses both CO2 and non-CO2 emissions. The FOCA is working internationally to ensure that emissions differences become clearer. The web page recently published by FOCA helps to clarify.

Unruly Pax

EASA - Unruly passengers - Not on my flight

Unruly passengers: zero tolerance for anyone who threatens flight safety

There were 1,340 incidents of unruly passengers reported in 2022 and 1,347 in 2023. Whether it's smoking on the aircraft, consuming alcohol brought on board, disobeying the rules or instructions of ground staff or cabin crew, riotous behaviour, or physical or verbal aggression: the one thing they all have in common is that they jeopardise passenger safety. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has launched a campaign to address this issue.



Implementing U-space airspace

Preparations for the first U-space in Swiss airspace are well under way. At its meeting on 14 June, the Federal Council approved the revised ordinances designed to implement the European U-space regulatory package, which Switzerland adopted on 24 November 2022. U-space allows the safe integration of drones into airspace and facilitates complex operations.

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is responsible for aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in Switzerland. The FOCA is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and is charged with ensuring that the high safety standards in civil aviation in Switzerland are maintained, and with pursuing a policy of sustainable development.


Drones and aircraft models

Regulation and up to date information

Sachplan Verkehr, Teil Infrastruktur Luftfahrt (SIL)

Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP)

The Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP) is the federal government's planning and coordination instrument for civil aviation.



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Press Releases


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