Regulations and general questions relating to drones

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. The criteria for the operation of drones with a weight of up to 30 kilograms are specified in the DETEC Ordinance on Special Categories of Aircraft.


*** Safety note: DJI Matrice 210, May 25, 2019 ***

FOCA recommends that drone pilots of DJI Matrice 210 keep their aircraft well away from populated areas. It appears that this type of drone presents an increased risk of crashing. Until further notice, FOCA will not issue any authorization for this type of drone. FOCA will communicate as soon as the manufacturer has taken appropriate measures to eliminate this risk. 



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Last modification 20.05.2019

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