Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
|Can I continue to fly my drone as freely as before on 1.1.2023 as a leisure activity in undeveloped terrain.
|A registration of the pilot / drone will be required. The FOCA will also introduce online training and an online test. You will be able to pass these requirements as holder of a UNO or DUE certification. The additional learning effort will be minimal.
|What does the 250 g limit for drones mean.
|A drone weighing less than 250 g should still be registered, whether or not there is a camera and the laws are ambiguously defined. We also recommend to take the online test, especially for newcomers, without any previous knowledge. Here too, we recommend an insurance solution with at least CHF 1 million coverage, which meets the general minimum requirements.
|What do the different flight zones in the built-up area mean. What does this have to do with the size and weight of the drone.
|The classification was established using projected risk models for potential hazards on the ground and in the air. It represents European law adopted by EASA.
|Are aircraft generally still usable for commercial purposes in built-up areas.
This question can be answered with YES, but the aircraft and the pilots must meet certain requirements.
|What will the certification UNO and DUE of SFCD bring me in the future. Is it worthwhile to complete such training?
|Learning is never wrong, and of course this must be considered individually. By passing the FOCA examination, you will be granted permission to fly in the OPEN class. With the extended knowledge from the UNO, DUE or DUE+, you extend your competence in the direction of the higher classes, such as SPECIFIC or CERTIFIED. You dive deeper into the matter and your surgical competence is a different one. Through the structure according to ICAO, the knowledge you possess is made traceable. With the help of the Syllabi, an outsider can call up the proven level of knowledge at any time. DUE can be compared with a quality system for semi-professional or professional use and is applied as such.
|What does registration with the SFCD offer me in comparison to the registration model of the FOCA.
The aircraft can be returned to its owner in case of loss. Since the registration number has been used to make the aircraft anonymous, your data is not publicly available and your privacy is protected.
|Where can I get the knowledge for UNO or DUE?
|The syllabus shows which subjects are tested and to what extent knowledge is required (be it only knowing or explaining or making a synthesis of the learned material). The syllabus was derived from the experience of the glider pilots' sylabus, supplemented by the drone specific topics (technology, aerodynamics, propulsion...). The knowledge is also offered by us to licensed training organisations, other providers and instructors. You can go a long way with an internet research, but it is more time consuming than a course given by instructors.