Drones and aircraft models


Drones are remotely controlled, usually very small aircraft. They are subject to the same legislation as model aircraft. In principle, drones weighing less than 30 kilograms may be operated without a permit, as long as the operator (or “pilot”) maintains visual contact with the device at all times. It is prohibited to operate a drone above gatherings of people.


There is currently a great deal of demand for information concerning the use of drones. For personnel reasons, we regret that we are no longer able to answer initial requests by phone. The majority of requests we receive are for information that is already available on the website. In view of this, enquiries should be addressed by e-mail to: rpas@bazl.admin.ch. Please allow at least 10 working days for our reply (except for enquiries from authorities or emergency services). As before, media representatives can refer directly to our Media Relations section. 

Further information


Federal Office of Civil Aviation


Print contact

Please note: FOCA is not responsible for dealing with drone-related issues that are subject to private law and data protection
legislation, e.g. disturbance of the peace, undesired filming, protection of privacy.

The Drone guide

helps to identify drone pilots whether they are allowed to fly in desired zones without restrictions. In addition, it also indicates which permits may have to be obtained.