Standard scenario (STS)


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The standard scenario (STS) is the simplest way to conduct a flight which requires an approval. Each STS defines a specific scenario and the associated conditions which must be fulfilled in order to be able to fly a drone under that scenario. This is a relatively simple approval process because the risk analysis (based on the SORA methodology) is already included in the STS.

What is it about?

It is basically possible to differentiate between two different "types" of STS: the European EU STS and the national CH STS standard scenario. Both types are based on the same basic concept, but at the same time differ in central points:

 

 

EU STS CH STS
Basics

An applicant can operate his drone within a given situation (scenario) under given conditions. In doing so, the applicant must officially confirm that he meets the requirements defined in the STS.

An applicant can operate his drone within a given situation (scenario) under given conditions. In doing so, the applicant must officially confirm that he meets the requirements defined in the STS.

Risk analysis completed completed
Class marking not required
Period of validity maximum 2 years maximum 2 years
Area of validity           
Pilot skills Online training and exam in accordance with open A2. Additional practical experience at a recognised body. Case-specific, depending on the planned operation. Acquisition of knowledge relevant to the operation.
Cost The costs vary depending on the processing effort, whereby the FOCA does not demand more than CHF 5,000 for the effort. The costs depend on the respective STS type.
Processing time

This standardised authorisation process makes the turnaround time from the date the documents are submitted to the issuing of the authorisation relatively short.

The most time-consuming part is therefore likely to be in complying with the guidelines set out in the STS.

This standardised authorisation process makes the turnaround time from the date the documents are submitted to the issuing of the authorisation relatively short.

The most time-consuming part is therefore likely to be in complying with the guidelines set out in the STS.


Last modification 09.06.2021

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