In this post, you will learn about the Finnish rules for the operation of drones.
Finland defined laws for drones very early on. The rules are very friendly for us pilots.
Maximum flight altitude: The maximum flight altitude is at 150 meters in Finland.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Flights with multicopters must be operated in sight in Finland. If you fly as a private FPV pilot, you must apply for a permit so that you can assign a spotter to keep the visual contact.
Compulsory insurance: In Finland, only commercial pilots are required to complete a drone liability insurance. We also recommend this protection for private drones.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Drones are limited to a weight of 25 kilograms. However, there are some additional limitations for certain flight maneuvers. Commercial drones operating in densely populated areas may have, e.g., a maximum weight of 7 kilograms.
Distance to airports: If you want to start within a radius of 5 kilometers to an airport, you need a release from the air traffic control. Outside the circle, a maximum altitude of 50 meters is available within the control zone.
Flight bans: The flying over persons is not allowed with a model plane (private drone). Commercial pilots may carry out these maneuvers under conditions. Maximum allowed flight altitudes and no-fly zones for drones can be viewed via an app of the air traffic control (iOS and Android).
Time of operations: Multicopter can be carried out around the clock in Finland, as long as it is possible to avoid any incidents (collisions, hazards).
Specific regulations: During commercial flights, a responsible person older than 18 years must be in attendance. There are no age restrictions for private flights.
Regulations for commercial pilots: Commercial pilots do not need to apply for a specific license, but a report must be made online. Besides, you need to affix a sticker with your name and contact information on your copter. You must also document your maneuvers in a flight book (safekeeping period three years).
Good to know: The release of aerial photographs is also allowed for private pilots.
Helpful links: Finnish Transport Safety Agency
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Finland to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Finland!