In Switzerland, there are areas where flying drones is prohibited or only possible to a limited extent. As a drone pilot, you are required to learn about applicable area restrictions before each drone flight.
NOTAM / DABS
NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) is a notification containing information about the establishment, condition or change of any relevant component (facility, service, procedure or danger) of the airspace. This may also impact drone operations, therefore a UAS operator must check the NOTAM before every flight.
Most NOTAMs concerning navigation warnings and airspace changes (W series) are shown graphically (red zone) in the Daily Airspace Bulletin Switzerland (DABS). The map and the NOTAM text section are updated daily at 4pm for the following day.
National and cantonal restrictions
The content of the interactive drone map is always changing and is also not exhaustive. The drone map shows the national and cantonal area restrictions. These include:
- 5km radius around civil or military airfields *
- Control zones CTR **
- Civil airfield perimeter according to the sectoral plan for aviation infrastructure or military airfield perimeter according to the sectoral plan for the military
- Penal institutions
- Certain protected areas
- In the vicinity of nuclear power plants
- Over military zones
- Certain energy and gas supply infrastructure
* Only applies to drones that weigh over 250g
** Only applies to drones that weigh over 250g and fly higher than 120m above ground level
If you are unable to comply with the additional flight restrictions, you must contact the responsible authority to apply for authorization. You can find the responsible authority on the drone map.
Note: Some drone manufacturers have created their own geofencings. The areas shown there are specified solely by the manufacturer and do not necessarily have to comply with the legally specified restrictions. Example: Geofencing DJI (PDF, 95 kB, 30.05.2023)
Beware of hot spots!
In order to prevent an ‘airprox’or even a collision with another airspace user, drone pilots need to take particular care and precautions when operating in the vicinity of:
Last modification 15.11.2023