Implementation of EASA Part-NCO in Switzerland


Implementation of EASA Part-NCO in Switzerland

As of 25 August 2016, (EU) Directive 965/2012 amended will apply for non-commercial air operators with other-than complex motor-powered aircraft with a principal place of business or residing in Switzerland or any EASA member state. Find Guidance Material here.




Where is it allowed to fly with drones?

Up to a weight of 30 kg drones can basically be operated without a special permission. Nevertheless, there are some rules to be observed.

More information here.

Report on civil aviation policy


Report on civil aviation policy

In its new , which was published on 24 February, the Federal Council outlines how the Swiss civil aviation environment has changed in recent years and how it aims to ensure that the sector can remain competitive.

Air Passenger Rights

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Air Passenger Rights

For anyone departing from a Swiss airport or returning from abroad with a Swiss or EU airline, the same passenger rights apply as those in the EU. The National Enforcement Body for Passenger Rights is responsible for ensuring that the rights of passengers are duly complied with.



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.

Press Releases


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To the Federal Administration News Portal

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

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Gotthard-Eröffnung: Luftraum-Einschränkungen

Vom 31. Mai bis 1. Juni 2016 gelten aufgrund der Eröffnung des Gotthard-Basistunnels für alle Luftraumbenutzer temporäre Einschränkungen im Flugbetrieb. Detaillierte Informationen sind wie üblich den offiziellen Publikationen zu entnehmen.
Alle Luftraumbenutzer werden darauf hingewiesen immer die offiziellen Publikationen zu beachten.

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Drones and aircraft models

Drones are mostly remotely piloted aeral vehicles. They are de jure aircraft models. Up to a weight of 30 kg these aeral vehicles can basically be operated without a special permission under the condition that the pilot has at anytime eye contact with the flying object.




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.

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For Specialists

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