Model flying sites and model airfields

Flugplatz Modell flying sites and model airfields are the heart of every Model airplane club. These sports facilities allow the correct and safe , orderly and environmentally compatible operation of model aviation. In principle, and for the benefit of all, model flying in Switzerland may be conducted without any restrictions worth mentioning from any land, advantageously from organized model flying sites. The "Ordinance on Aircraft of Special Categories" regulates model flying in Switzerland in a practical and well-proven way for years in section 7 with the following clauses. The VMS Regulations to this can be found here.


The Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, based on Article 57 of the Aviation Act of 21 December 1948 (CAA) and Articles 2a, 21, 24 and 125 paragraph 2 of the Aviation Ordinance of 14 November 1973 (CAO) decrees: dated 24 November 1994 (as of 1 December 2009)


Ordinance on Aircraft of Special Categories, VLK

Restrictions on model aircraft Art. 17. 1

1. anyone operating a model aircraft weighing up to 30 kg must always maintain direct eye contact with the
2. the operation of model aircraft weighing between 0.5 and 30 kg is prohibited:
a. at a distance of less than 5 km from the runways of a civil or military airfield;
b. in control zones (CTR), provided that a height of 150 m above ground is exceeded in the process.

Exceptions to the restrictions Art. 18. 2

1. exceptions to the following restrictions may be granted:
a. from the restrictions under Articles 15(b), 16(b) and 17(2):
    by the air traffic control center or the aerodrome manager;
b. from the restrictions referred to in Articles 15(a), 16(a) and 17(1): by the FOCA
2. Such exceptions may only be granted if the other users of the airspace as well as
    Third parties on the ground are not endangered.

Cantonal regulations Art. 19

3. the authorization may be subject to conditions.
The cantons may issue regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles weighing less than 30 kg to reduce environmental pollution and the risk to persons and property on the ground (Art. 51 para. 3 LFG).

Liability insurance Art. 20

1. the liability claims of third parties on earth shall be secured by the keeper by
    liability insurance with a guarantee sum of at least 1 million francs.
2. securing of liability claims is not required for:
a. Kites and kite parachutes with a weight of less than 1.0 kg and a climb height of less than 60 m;
b. Tethered balloons with a payload of less than 0.5 kg, a capacity of less than 30 m3 and a climb altitude of
    of less than 60 m;
c. Free balloons with a payload of less than 0.5 kg and a capacity of less than 30 m3;
d. Model aircraft weighing less than 0.5 kg.
3. The Proof of liability insurance must be carried during operation.