I fly a drone that weighs less than 4kg. This puts me in the A2 subcategory.
Markings: My drone must have a CE marking as well as the class marking (C0, C1, C2). If my drone does not have a class identification label, the rules of the transitional category will apply to me.
Registration: I must register as the operator of the drone on the Swiss online drone platform UAS.gate and label my drone with the UAS operator number. Registration is free of charge.
Certificate: If I want to fly in this drone category, I need to obtain the A1/A3 and A2 certificates. The following steps must be completed:
- I acquire the A1/A3 certificate in UAS.gate by completing the online training and exam.
- I complete the practical self-study (see checklist below) at a location that meets the requirements for A3 and report completion when I order the A2 in UAS.gate.
- In UAS.gate, I book an appointment for the on-site exam.
- I study the three subjects for the A2 by working through the study material on UAS.gate.
- I take the theoretical exam (30 multiple-choice questions) at the FOCA premises.
The A2 certificate will be issued after passing the exam. The exam is currently free of charge.
- Flying over uninvolved people is prohibited.
- The minimum horizontal distance to uninvolved persons is
- 30m without low speed mode
- 5m with activated low speed mode (<3m/s)
- In addition, I must comply with the 1:1 rule. This means that the number of meters of horizontal distance must be at least equal or more than the number of meters of altitude (e.g.: If I fly at 40m height, I must fly at least 40m away from people).