For special flights, such as parachute jumps or airshows, certain procedures must be followed.

Skyguide is playing a vital role in ensuring the safe operations of special flights. We are responsible for providing clearances for special flight operations in the airspace in which Air Traffic Control (ATC) approval is required, including airspace around airports and regional aerodromes. Special flights within airspace classes C and D can pose a danger for other airspace users and lead to an additional coordination workload for the air navigation services. They are therefore subject to approval from Skyguide and/or the airport authority.

The procedures for coordinating special flights have been formalised by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) and are promulgated in detail in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) (ENR 1.4, §2) and the Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Manual (VFR RAC 4-3, §12).


Changes as of 01.01.2022:

Applications for East-A9-Test Flight Pattern are to be submitted exclusively via the Special Flight Office (SFO) tool. PDF – requests via e-mail will no longer be processed. The e-mail address is used as a support contact and will no longer process requests anymore. Thank you for your understanding.

Activation with immediate effect:

Since a transition period of two weeks (10 working days) is necessary for operational reasons when changing the procedure for applying for the East-A9-Test Flight Pattern via SFO Tool, please submit the special flight applications as follows:

Special Flight Requests for test flights ending up to and including 31. December 2021:

Request form via PDF to (current procedure).

Special flight requests for activities beginning 01. January 2022 or later:

Submission beginning 18. December 2021 in the SFO Tool.

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