Because of new regulations
Thousands of drones registered in Switzerland
Swiss drone pilots are reacting to new regulations for operating their aircraft. Since the end of November, 10,000 new drones have been registered with the federal government and just as many tests for piloting drones have been taken.
Swiss drone pilots react to new regulations. Since the end of November, 10,000 new drones have been registered with the federal government and just as many tests have been passed for piloting drones. (archive image)
Switzerland adopted the EU drone regulations at the beginning of the year. These contain provisions on flight altitudes and overflights. New safety standards also apply to the manufacture, approval and operation of drones.
Depending on their weight and equipment, drones must be registered with the Federal Office for Civil Aviation (Bazl). The announcement of the new rules at the end of November 2022 triggered a real rush, as a Bazl spokesman told the Keystone-SDA news agency on request.
Around 10,000 drone operators have so far registered with the Bazl. In addition, around 10,000 people took an exam to obtain the certificate required to pilot drones weighing more than 250 grams.