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Old 28.04.2016, 21:10
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Drones - The Law

I would like to buy a drone to fly around and take aerial photographs of where I live.
Does in anyone know whether there are rules about this (particularly in Canton Bern)?
This being Switzerland I am sure that there are.
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Old 28.04.2016, 21:28
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This being CH, you can bet your last Vreneli that there are lots.

Here is an article from Bilan last year (in FR). Put it through Google translate and you will get a good idea of what you can do or not.

http://www.bilan.ch/techno-plus-de-r...-voler-liberte

A second one from one of the CH insurance companies (in FR).

https://www.baloisedirect.ch/actuali...qui-est-permis
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https://www.bazl.admin.ch/bazl/en/ho...ft-models.html
This is the law from the Swiss aviation authority. Main point is you have to maintain eye contact with the drone, are not allowed within 100m of gatherings of people, and are not allowed to film anyone without their permission or you can be prosecuted. You can film in the open if nobody is filmed.
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I would like to buy a drone to fly around and take aerial photographs of where I live.
Does in anyone know whether there are rules about this (particularly in Canton Bern)?
There are rules, and they can be established at any level of administration (case in point: I am aware of specific rules which apply to the _city_ of Zurich, as published by the Stadtpolizei Zurich at https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content...ulticopter.pdf in German language).

Your best bet is to ask your _most local_ police, in this case the "Kantonspolizei Bern".

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Old 28.04.2016, 23:31
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There are rules, and they can be established at any level of administration (case in point: I am aware of specific rules which apply to the _city_ of Zurich, as published by the Stadtpolizei Zurich at https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content...ulticopter.pdf in German language).

Your best bet is to ask your _most local_ police, in this case the "Kantonspolizei Bern".

Die Polizei. Dein Freund und Helfer.
I would love to see this catch on.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR4Gq9qfpnM
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Re: Drones - The Law

Does anyone know what issues there might be flying drones over ski resorts? I'm wondering if the rule about crowds might apply - good job there are few lift queues in Switzerland

I'm thinking of having drone-eye views of ski resorts on my ski web site.
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Try this bad boy I was thinking about bringing back from Dalian.

It won't fit in my suitcase!

Should be perfect for flying over the ski lifts.
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Re: Drones - The Law

There's room for two in there. I bags first ride.

But don't you think they will call out the airforce if you start buzzing the lifts with that?

I thought a Mavic pro might be more discrete
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Does anyone know what issues there might be flying drones over ski resorts? I'm wondering if the rule about crowds might apply - good job there are few lift queues in Switzerland

I'm thinking of having drone-eye views of ski resorts on my ski web site.
I'm also interested in drones in ski resorts. Did you manage to find any rules anywhere for their use? Thanks
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I'm also interested in drones in ski resorts. Did you manage to find any rules anywhere for their use? Thanks
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https://www.bazl.admin.ch/bazl/en/ho...ft-models.html
This is the law from the Swiss aviation authority. Main point is you have to maintain eye contact with the drone, are not allowed within 100m of gatherings of people, and are not allowed to film anyone without their permission or you can be prosecuted. You can film in the open if nobody is filmed.
didn't you understand?
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All of it. Your link is broken!
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Not my link, but stupot's. This seems to be the new link:

https://www.bazl.admin.ch/bazl/en/ho...ft-models.html
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Re: Drones - The Law

Switzerland will follow changes in EU laws on drones, they will apply starting June 2020.

Basically, the pilot needs to register and pass an online test if the drone weighs more than 250g. Additional regulations may apply, including maximum flight height, minimum age of the pilot, and (not) having a camera on board.

See this page (not available in English) on the future regulation, as well as this one on permits.
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Switzerland will follow changes in EU laws on drones, they will apply starting June 2020.

Basically, the pilot needs to register and pass an online test if the drone weighs more than 250g. Additional regulations may apply, including maximum flight height, minimum age of the pilot, and (not) having a camera on board.

See this page (not available in English) on the future regulation, as well as this one on permits.
250kg!!!!
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I would like to buy a drone to fly around and take aerial photographs of where I live.
Does in anyone know whether there are rules about this (particularly in Canton Bern)?
This being Switzerland I am sure that there are.
And I shall do this to every drone I see
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Re: Drones - The Law

An overview of the new CH drone law (postponed until 01.01.2021) by Digitec. Worth a read if you have a drone or plan to buy one.

Link in EN: https://www.digitec.ch/en/page/new-d...g-drones-16273
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An overview of the new CH drone law (postponed until 01.01.2021) by Digitec. Worth a read if you have a drone or plan to buy one.

Link in EN: https://www.digitec.ch/en/page/new-d...g-drones-16273

As I posted in another thread, it's really hard to avoid seeing people if they happen to be in the drones line of sight..

Mine can fly for 5km, hundreds of meters high and thousands of meters away and with it's high res camera, it's very clear footage. I virtually always end up capturing somebody in the video when I'm just trying to capture the panorama etc.
Apart from that, modern drones are pretty sophisticated, it downloads a no-fly map at startup and won't take off if it's in a no-fly zone. Sure you can hack it but then you deserve all you get for that.

I think realistically it's what you do with the video that would land you in trouble.. 99% of mine just get deleted and the few minutes I keep don't invade privacy.

It's like take photos from a plane as you come into land.. That's invading privacy too..
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