subcategory A1 (under 900g)

The contents of this website refer to legal bases which have not entered into force.

For drones under 900g (subcategory A1)

I fly a drone which weighs under 900 g: This puts me in the open A1 subcategory under EU law.

In order to be able to fly my drone in this category, I must acquire proof of competency for remote pilots, which certifies that I have acquired the basic knowledge to fly my drone safely and legally. 

My drone must have both a CE marking and the C0 or C1 class marking. Is this not the case, I fly my drone in the transitional category limited open.


The A1 subcategory at a glance



Two 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 40 questions. Passing the exam is mandatory and cannot be compensated by way of existing licences or certificates. Training and exam are voluntary and free of charge for Swiss drone pilots until further notice.

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").

Further information

Last modification 18.08.2021

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