Flying drones in Switzerland

The use of drones and model aircraft is permitted in Switzerland under certain conditions. These conditions are listed on the website of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).

My drone use

I record film sequences and take both single and multi-image panoramic photographs using a DJI Mavic Air. Because my drone weighs just 430 grammes, it is classed as a “lightweight drone”, to which some flight restrictions in Switzerland do not apply. However, I adhere vigilantly to the regulations defined by FOCA.

Photo quality and detail

My drone records high-definition images in 12 megapixel DNG RAW format, and film sequences in 4K high definition. The wide-angle view is the equivalent of a 24mm full-frame lens, so I can’t zoom in to take close-up images of subjects without them being aware of the drone’s presence. Most of the images and film sequences I take are for my own personal enjoyment and use. Some of my images are published in low to medium resolution to social media channels, and some are provided in high resolution for general sale as prints or digital downloads. If a person is clearly identifiable in one of my images, their appearance will be anonymized before the image is published.

Île d'Ogoz, photographed with a Mavic Air drone

An example of the kind of image I take using my drone