In August 2014 I (re-)discovered building and flying remote controlled aircraft and soon after started focusing on large scale gliders (4m wingspan and more). I now own and regularly fly a number of amazing gliders, and have some exciting new projects under way. Building and flying these gliders would not have been possible without the support and help from friends, in particular from our local club Modellfluggruppe Erlenbach-Herrliberg (near lake Zürich in Switzerland), of which I am also the vice-president. This build blog on website regularly reports on some of our projects.
On this website you will also find an overview of the forthcoming EU legislation on unmanned aircraft (UAVs). Over the past few years I have been working for the Swiss Aeromodelling Federation (SMV) to help shape the new EU legislation in a way that it will least affect model aircraft operations, and am now representing SMV in discussions with the Swiss authorities on its implementation in Switzerland. In doing so I am lucky to benefit from my background as an EU lawyer and negotiator, as well as having worked for the EU Commission both as a consultant and as a civil servant between 1998 and 2014. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely together with a range of associations throughout the European Union, including in particular the German Model Flying Association (Deutsche Modellflieger Verband (DMFV)) but also the European Model Flying Union (EMFU), as well as various others throughout the EU. Although the new EU legislation is far from perfect, we managed to include a number of important exemptions for model aircraft pilots, thanks to our joint efforts. More information on this you can find in the Regulation section of this website. Information on the implementation of the new EU rules at the national level will be made available on the Regulation section of the EMFU website, which I manage.