In order to fly my drone in the A2 subcategory, I need to acquire a certificate of remote pilot competency (according to subcategory A2), where I learn the basic knowledge for a safe and legal flight.
The A2 subcategory at a glance
Four steps to your flight
According to the EU drone regulation, I am required to register with the official operator registry UAS.gate*.
*Switzerland has not yet adopted the EU drone regulation, registration is therefore voluntary and free of charge for drone pilots in Switzerland until further notice.
Once I have registered, I must also complete an online self-study course, which will teach me about the rules and regulations which apply to flying a drone in my weight class. The knowledge I have acquired is tested directly with exam questions. This is a multiple-choice theory exam with 70 questions.
Passing the exam is mandatory and cannot be compensated by way of existing licences or certificates.
The operating conditions of the planned drone operation are then practised in a practical training session. Training takes the form of a self-study course.
The final step is a formal online declaration of the remote pilot knowledge acquired as part of the self-study course.
Further information on the current situation for Swiss drone pilots in terms of registration, training and exam are available in the FAQ (section "Motion 20.3916 and the application of the EU drone regulation in Switzerland").
I keep the minimum safety distance to uninvolved persons
I have a Certificate of Remote Pilot Competency in the ‘open’ category and keep a minimum horizontal distance of 30 metres from uninvolved persons.
I have a proof of competency for remote pilots in the ‘open ‘ category and keep a minimum horizontaldistance of 150 metres from residential, business, industrial and recreation areas.