In Focus

Travel and luggage


Laptops, Powerbanks, mobile phones - what is allowed in the cabin?

Summer: time of holidays and travel. Over the years, the rules on air passengers' luggage have
evolved. To avoid being in an unpleasant situation, it is best to prepare your suitcase carefully, observing the regulations in force, which may have undergone some changes since your last trip. It is also important to remember
that some countries and airlines apply even stricter rules on baggage: if you have any doubt, contact your airline or the airport.

Safety Report 2017

Annual Safety Report 2017

Safety Report 2017

For Switzerland, 2017 was a good year in terms of accident statistics. The total number of accidents in Switzerland (including foreign aircraft) and abroad (involving Swiss aircraft) decreased from 40 to 35. Drawing conclusions from occurrences and exchanging findings with other authorities and industry representatives help us achieve our defined safety objectives.

Drone Innovators Network

Drone Innovators Network June 2018

Drone Innovators Network

On June 26th, Federal Councillor Leuthard attended the first « Drone Innovators Network » event at the ETHZ. The FOCA signifcantly contributed by taking part in the meeting with its Director and several collaborators. The event was a success and allowed exchanges between industry, the research world as well as national and international authorities. The participants were thus able to witness a European first: the exploitation of a U-Space covering the entire Swiss territory.

Press release

New layout for aircraft register and ADs


Aircraft register and airworthiness directives in a new layout

Since 7 June 2018, the Swiss Aircraft Register and the search masks of the Airworthiness Directives (AD) are available in a new layout. The new online applications include technical improvements and advanced search options for the user. The application can now be better used with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Directly to the new aircraft register and the ADs.

Ryanair / Laudamotion Zurich


Cancellation of Ryanair / Laudamotion flights from Zurich

All flights from Ryanair/Laudamotion to/from Zurich have been cancelled. Passengers who have already bought tickets have been informed by Ryanair or Laudamotion by e-mail. Passengers have the following choice (Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 261/2004): You can either receive a full refund of the ticket price within 7 days or choose the alternative flight offered by the airline. We ask passengers to contact Ryanair/Laudamotion. For further questions, please contact FOCA.

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.

Note: Most Press releases are only available in German, French and Italian. Please check the FOCA homepage of these languages.  

Press Releases


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Info on the EU Regulation on EASA Air Ops Part-NCC

Info on the EU Regulation on EASA Air Ops Part-NCC

As of 25 August 2016, EU regulation No 965/2012 amended, Annex VI (Part-NCC) becomes applicable in Switzerland and all EASA member States. EASA Part-NCC in combination with Part-ORO and Part-SPA is addressing requirements for non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aeroplanes and helicopters.

For Specialists

For Specialists

In addition to the general website, the FOCA also operates a "Portal for Specialists", which contains detailed informations, documentation and forms for people who are active in the civil aviation sector in a professional or private capacity.




Drone guide - decision-making aid

The Drone guide

helps to identify drone pilots whether they are allowed to fly in desired zones without restrictions. In addition, it also indicates which permits may have to be obtained.