In the aftermath of the Ju-52 crash, which occurred in 2018, the Federal Council is tightening the regulations for historic aircraft. Based on an analysis by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation, the Aviation Ordinance was amended accordingly.
Based on this, the Federal Council has amended the Aviation Ordinance: In future, commercial flights with people and goods with aircraft in the special category "historic" will no longer be permitted. Non-commercial flights are still possible for club members subject to a waiting period of 30 days. In addition, there is a new transport restriction. A maximum of nine people may fly in a corresponding aircraft, of which a maximum of six passengers. This limits passenger flights to a level that is customary in general, non-commercial light aviation.
For the protection of the flight passengers, the pilot must inform the passengers about the special approval of the aircraft in question. This ensures that passengers can decide before a flight whether they want to take the associated risks or not.
The new requirements for flights with historic aircraft are comparable to those of other European countries. They come into effect on October 1, 2022.