The joint committee of the bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the European Union on air transport decided on November 24, 2022, that Switzerland should follow European drone regulations and other EU laws.

Drone pilots will be subject to new laws beginning January 1, 2023. The Swiss drone sector benefits from a regulatory environment that is aligned with the EU. The Federal Council has adopted the new provisions.

Switzerland and the European Union (EU) manage the globally oriented aviation industry consistently and via a mixed committee as part of the bilateral aviation accord.

From January 1, 2023, the Joint Aviation Committee has resolved to apply the legislative framework for unmanned aircraft (drones, model airplanes, and unmanned aircraft of other types) that is already in place in the EU in Switzerland.

European rules provide safety criteria for the design, approval, and operation of drones. Depending on the operational risk, three categories are now…