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Old 04.10.2015, 11:18
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Learning to fly a small drone

Hi all

In Zurich, recently bought a very simple, cheap 70 CHF drone and was wondering if anyone would be up for teaching me how to fly it?

It has 4 rotors and a remote control that looks a lil bit complex to me.

Thanks!
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Re: Learning to fly a small drone

There are videos on Youtube on learning to fly a drone, e.g.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_JarhVoq1A
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Old 04.10.2015, 11:32
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Re: Learning to fly a small drone

Does anyone know the rules on where you can and can't fly drones in Switzerland?

I'd guess rules around flying drones withe cameras would be particularly stringent here, or is it just a general "Don't film anyone without their permission"?

E.T.A. - Found this, which seems to be pretty common sense

http://lenews.ch/2014/12/09/a-drone-...re-stiff-laws/
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Re: Learning to fly a small drone

As shown by the Zürich city ban, you need to ask the respective Kanton and Gemeinde if you want to be perfectly sure about drone regulations, if any. Federal regulation can be found here.

Take note that if your drone weighs more than 500g, BAZL requires liability insurance covering at least 1million. Even bewlow that weight you probably want to make sure your insurance covers damage caused by your drone.

I think the lenews article is wrong in multiple aspects:
- Mario Cortesi is spokesman of Zürich city police. Per August last year the city has banned all drones. This particular ban covers Zürich city only.
- BAZL, the responsible federal agency, speaks of a minimum perimeter of 100m around gatherings ("Menschenansammlungen"), i.e. people that form a kind of group of at least two dozen people. That aspect alone allows for a drone to fly over Winterthur Bahnhofstrasse or Basel Bahnhofplatz even during rush hour as these people, despite their big number, don't constitute a "Ansammlung".
- EU regulations may influence swiss rules, but they have no direct effect here. In this sense they're irrelevant here.
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