Drone regulations in Finland
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, even for commercial drone flyers. First, we want to give you an overview of the drone rules in Finland.
Overview: Drone rules in Finland
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Further rules for drone pilots in Finland
Copter flights must be carried out within the visual line of 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.
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.
If you want to take off within a radius of 5 kilometers distance to an airport, you need a release from the air traffic control. Outside the circle, a maximum altitude of 50 meters is applicable within the control zone.
Flying over persons is not allowed with a model plane (private drone). Commercial pilots may carry out these maneuvers under conditions.
Drone flights can be carried out around the clock in Finland, as long as it is possible to rule out any incidents (collisions, hazards).
Good to know: The publication of aerial photographs is also allowed for private pilots.
Rules 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). During commercial flights, a responsible person older than 18 years must be in attendance. There are no age restrictions for private flights.
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!