Subcategory A2 (under 4kg)

Subcategory A2: Drones under 4kg

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:

  1. I acquire the A1/A3 certificate in UAS.gate by completing the online training and exam.
  2. 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.
  3. In UAS.gate, I book an appointment for the on-site exam.
  4. I study the three subjects for the A2 by working through the study material on UAS.gate.
  5. 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.

Safety distance:

  1. Flying over uninvolved people is prohibited.

  2. The minimum horizontal distance to uninvolved persons is
    • 30m without low speed mode
    • 5m with activated low speed mode (<3m/s)
  3. 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).

Further information

Last modification 20.03.2024

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