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Drones: webinar and A2 exams

Drohne 2020

Drones: webinars and A2 exams

From February 2023, the A2 exam in Switzerland can only be taken in the premises of the FOCA in Ittigen.

Moreover, as the new drone rules entail many innovations, the FOCA is holding several webinars on this subject.

Additional information and webinar registration

Passenger rights


Get to know passengers' rights

As the competent body for all matters relating to air passenger rights in Switzerland, the FOCA handles more than 4,000 cases per year. A video animation has been produced by the trainee mediamatician to make passengers aware of their rights. In addition, the contents of the website for air passengers are now available in "easy-to-read language", simplifying digital access to FOCA services.

New FOCA headquarters

Neuer BAZL Standort

New FOCA headquarters

The FOCA is moving!
We look forward to welcoming you to our new headquarters at Papiermühlestrasse 172 in 3063 Ittigen from 14 December 2022.

Geneva - dossier après PSIA

Geneva - Dossier après PSIA approved

The dossier prepared on the basis of the Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP), submitted by Geneva International Airport is approved. This decision allows, among others, the setting of new permissible noise levels and the introduction of a quota system for night take-offs delayed after 22:00. This step implements the measures defined in the SAIP to limit air traffic noise. 



Competency Based Training and Assessement

A new approach to pilot training and testing is gaining ground in the aviation world. The focus is more on the assessment of skills rather than on a series of tasks to be learned. Pilots are assessed on their skills, i.e. a combination of knowledge, ability and attitude, and must demonstrate that they are able to handle threats and errors as well.

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.



Civil aviation statistics comprise data relating to airports and airlines.

Press releases

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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