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#Dronestrategy What should you know to fly in Switzerland
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ParideM
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Location: Switzerland
Time: 2018/19, personally only not commercial flight.
DJI Drone: Mavic Air, Mavic 2 pro

How I plan my hikings:
After I chose a destination, I check the Swiss Map to verify that the flight is allowed. I control the weather conditions, I pay attention to the high altitude wind speed, and if it rains or is windy or snowing...I stay at home. I take a look at Google Maps to get an idea of the landscape and I love the Street View function for 360° experience, Google Earth for the position of the sun during my programmed fly also, it's really important.
I check the train schedule, I don't own a car, the travel time and how much does it cost, I look for an hotel room if I need more than one day. If I'm satisfied, I decide to leave.
I prepare my backpack, and I charge the batteries the day before to leave. The backpack weighs? I choose the drone and the number of batteries based on the lenght and difficulty of the hike, or based on high altitude wind speed, or possibility to find interferences due to masts. (Mavic 2 pro VS Mavic Air).
I need a camera or an action camera is enough? I need a tripod, a mini-tripod, or nothing?
I control I picked everything, filters, SD cards, chargers and all the accessories I need like sunglasses, cables, food, water, clothes ecc.
It's all? Let's go!


Application Process:
Drones and model aircraft may not be operated near gatherings of people or beyond direct eye contact. However, the FOCA may issue a permit for such flights under certain circumstances.
For flights with RPAS (500g to 30kg) at a distance closer than 5km to a runway of a Swiss aerodrome and flights with RPAS within the control zone (CTR) of a Swiss aerodrome if exceeding a height of 150m above ground, an authorization is required from the responsible air traffic control unit (aerodromes with control zone) and / or the aerodrome operator (aerodromes without control zone). (Skyguide special flights)
issued exceptionally.

What you should prepare before traveling with a drone in Switzerland:
- To operate drones weighing more than 500 g you are obliged to have insurance coverage of at least 1 million Swiss francs.
- It is better to drain batteries and place them in fireproof cases if you take the plane, some airline companies may request it. Don't put batteries in your checked-in luggage but carry them with you.
- The ‘geofencing’ functionality in DJI drones is a geographical restriction of the operational area of the drone that is specified by the manufacturer. The manufacturer’s restrictions might not be identical to the restrictions on use under the applicable national legislation. This means that you must always be aware of local flight restrictions before operating / piloting a DJI drone. Take a look to official OFFICIAL SWISS MAP to verify that you can fly in determinated areas.


Regulations:
- Obligation to keep direct eye contact.
- To become aware of a possible temporary ban (FAO Order, Official Notice Sheet).
- Prohibition to fly in protected areas including the Ordinance on Reserves of Waterbirds and Migratory Birds. An application for authorization (OROEM) can be issued exceptionally.
Drones with a weight of more than 500 grams should also:
- Flights within 5km of a civilian or military aerodrome are subject to authorization by Skyguide.
- Maximum flight height, 150 meters in CTR (control traffic region).
- Minimum distance of 100 meters from a gather of more than 24 people.
- Bring your certificate of liability insurance when stealing a minimum insured amount of 1 million Swiss francs.

Pay attention:
-  My drone weighs less than 500 grams. Does that mean that I can use it without any restrictions?

No. Regulations also apply to the operation of lightweight drones. Although you may in principle fly your drone anywhere other than in the nature conservation zones depicted on the special FOCA map of restricted areas (RPAS Map), you still have to observe certain basic rules. You must maintain eye contact with your drone at all times and observe the principle of protection of privacy. Although you are allowed to operate your drone above gatherings of people, if you cause an accident you will be liable for any resulting damage. In the case of lightweight drones too, the operator is always responsible for their safe use.

Some cantons may apply additional restrictions:
- Prohibition of flying at a distance of less than 300 meters from public buildings unless authorized, Canton of Geneva police official map.

Recommendations:
Inspect your drone before and after each flight, check the entire frame for cracks including the landing gear and props. Make sure you have sufficient GPS signal and wait for the "Home Point Recorded" message to avoid a fly away, and an adequate RTH altitude setted for a safe return to home.

Always check the weather conditions to find out about wind conditions or if you'll find rain, fog or snow. Cold and high wind drain fast your batteries, and high-altitude winds could generate a "Max motor speed reached" alert which inform you that your drone is in danger.

Apply a fireproof label on the drone with your full name and phone number, it is not required but I recommend it even if you want to fly in other countries, I also applied it on my GoPro, in case of loss.

Drone flights using video eyewear are authorized only when direct eye contact can be established with the drone at any time.

The “see and avoid” principle applies to unmanned aircraft as well. Since an aircraft pilot stands little chance of recognizing a small drone early enough, it is your responsibility to take timely evasive action and always to maintain a proper distance from other aircrafts.
Especially on the mountains, always fly in your line of sight, don't think to be alone all the time, helicopters and other planes you couldn't hear can come close to your drone; they often fly at low altitude leaving you a little reaction time.
Flying a drone over the scene of an accident to take aerial pictures may impede a rescue helicopter from approaching the site. In addition, rescue services feel that their work is disturbed by drones. It is forbidden to fly a drone in an emergency operation if not instructed to do so by the operation leader.


You could also register your flight on AirMap which will notify SkyGuide of your mission.

It is forbidden to fly drones at low altitude over private properties or public sites where people are gather.

Useful tips:
Bring filters with you, especially on the mountains or if you visit lakes or you find snow, I recommend you polarized filters for reflecting surfaces (i use 32/pl also).

Bring at least two batteries with you and make sure you have an empty and capacious SD card.

Find a way to make a daily backup of your footages; personally I use a backup unit with a SSD.

Bring a landing pad or landing gear and an outdoor first aid kit with you if you want to go hiking on the mountains and don't forget photography glovesin winter time and your sunglasses!

Official links:
- Official Swiss Map restrictions for drones
- Official Geneva Police Map restrictions for drones
- Federal Office of Civil Aviation permits for the operation of drones (FOCA)
- SkyGuide civil air traffic control

Apps and useful links:
- UAV Forecast (weather and hight altitude wind speed also)
- Train (SBB CFF FFS)
- SwitzerlandMobility (Hiking map)
- MySwitzerland (points of interest)

Customs:
- There are no special requirements for getting a drone to Switzerland

Happy flight and fly safe




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Engelber and Titlis Mountain


Matterhorn seen from Gornergrat and Zermatt


Niederhorn


La tour de Famelon


Lac de Lioson


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3-31 07:17
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Great job nicely done .
3-31 17:05
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DJI Panda
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Wow, incredible works and amazing strategy. Thanks for sharing!
3-31 19:21
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Montfrooij
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Very nice entry.
Super useful!
And great images as well!
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ParideM
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hallmark007 Posted at 3-31 17:05
Great job nicely done .

Thank you!
3-31 23:32
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ParideM
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DJI Panda Posted at 3-31 19:21
Wow, incredible works and amazing strategy. Thanks for sharing!

Glad you like it, many thanks!
3-31 23:32
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ParideM
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Montfrooij Posted at 3-31 22:27
Very nice entry.
Super useful!
And great images as well!

Thank you a lot! I hope everything I've been doing is helpful
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ParideM Posted at 3-31 23:34
Thank you a lot! I hope everything I've been doing is helpful

Yeah, one of the best DJI contests I have seen in that regard!
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Very terrific write-up thank you!
4-1 01:40
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JHollimanPhoto Posted at 4-1 01:40
Very terrific write-up thank you!

Thank you, You are welcome!
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TheDon
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Impressive work you got here! Switzerland is absolutely amazing! Good to know how regulations are at your side
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TheDon Posted at 4-1 06:45
Impressive work you got here! Switzerland is absolutely amazing! Good to know how regulations are at your side

Thank you! I'm glad to be of service.
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Thank you so much for the information! I find the map is very useful
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Thank you so much for the information! Sharing the Offical map is very much appreciated; i hope I’ll use it this summer
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ParideM
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dronespilot Posted at 4-1 14:12
Thank you so much for the information! I find the map is very useful

You are welcome, glad to be helpful! Enjoy Switzerland!
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So detail, useful information! Thanks for sharing. Very nice videos and pictures btw  
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ParideM
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Thank you, glad you like it!
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ALABAMA
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Great piece of work!
4-9 07:18
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ALABAMA Posted at 4-9 07:18
Great piece of work!

Many thanks!
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DJI Panda Posted at 3-31 19:21
Wow, incredible works and amazing strategy. Thanks for sharing!

I reviewed the post, enriching it and improving it. ;-)
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Montfrooij
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Congratulations!
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ParideM
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Thank you!
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You're welcome!
6-3 12:50
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Hi @ParideM
Can you give any recommendations on how/where to get the liability insurance? I have scoured the internet for this information and am really struggling. There are a number of big Swiss providers but when I try to set it up they demand I have a Swiss address. There are also apps made for the US (my home country) that I have tried, like Verifly, but they don't support Switzerland.
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bradpitcher Posted at 9-6 10:43
Hi @ParideM
Can you give any recommendations on how/where to get the liability insurance? I have scoured the internet for this information and am really struggling. There are a number of big Swiss providers but when I try to set it up they demand I have a Swiss address. There are also apps made for the US (my home country) that I have tried, like Verifly, but they don't support Switzerland.
I have no idea, I simply added the liability insurance to the obligatory medical insurance for residents of Switzerland. in any case, my insurance company is the CSS and I pay 80chf per year.
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Since the Mavic Air is less than 500 grams, does this mean I can fly it in Zermatt?
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yoengel Posted at 9-16 22:19
Since the Mavic Air is less than 500 grams, does this mean I can fly it in Zermatt?
Yes but it is very dangerous because the proximity of AirZermat heliports and a very intense presence of helicopters in the area. So fly always in your line of sight and be ready to a safely return to home!
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