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.

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!

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Since January 2015, we travel around the world. In our backpack we carry a camera drone which we use to capture the best places from a bird’s perspective. First we travelled with a DJI Phantom 2. But now we use a Yuneec Typhoon H. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a copter. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

Discussions

  • Jarno Laine | 14.05.2017

    For Finland
    Please visit
    https://www.trafi.fi/en/about_trafi/news/3588/new_aviation_regulation_on_the_use_of_unmanned_aircraft_and_model_aircraft

    Also regulations in english are listed here.
    https://www.trafi.fi/filebank/a/1444223591/7ded5988558660d38599203de96117fe/18706-OPS_M1-32_RPAS_eng.pdf

    Basically max altitude 150m EXEPT near airports (how ever “near” can be over 10km)

  • Andrew Meadows | 17.09.2017

    Is there a app that advises where you can fly in Finland ?
    i’m taking mine with me on holiday purely for holiday videos and photos do I need to do anything for this, also
    are there any restrictions in Singapore as I would like to use it there also
    Thanks

    • Ash | 12.12.2017

      Sorry for very late reply! I use the app called AIRMAP – which is quite accurate. In Helsinki, you will need to be aware of the new no fly zones which are in several places. In the city itself, it covers the cathedral / university / government districts of Kluvvi and Krunnunhaka down to the harbour. The area is well sign posted as a no fly zone (unlike other places which leave you guessing – Thanks Sydney!). This site has rules for Singapore: https://www.caas.gov.sg/public-passengers/unmanned-aircraft-systems.
      In singapore, I’d fly well away from the city as it’s not only very dense structurally, there are always a ton of citizens and tourists around at any given time.

  • Vladyslav | 06.12.2018

    Good evening!
    I am little bit not understand.
    I have drone 250mm frame size, 0.5kg.
    Flying up to 100m in height and up to 300m into the distance.
    Do the rules about getting permission to fly concern me?
    I flying under open spaces, where there are no people.

    • Francis Markert | 09.01.2019

      After what you describe, you probably will not need a permit.

  • Parkkinen | 08.04.2019

    Been Flying drone in Finland for 3 years,

    Flying a drone in Finland has been made easy so drone development / services development can be made for the public. This is the reason behind relaxed laws and regulations.
    In Finland it is very easy to ask guidance from flight towers/police/border guard ect. If you are not sure if you can fly in certain areas. Use this possibility and you have pleasant experience capturing the amazing northern environment 🙂
    Unlike in many places, they are there to help and inform you, not to get you in trouble in first sight…since they are also using drones in their work!
    As you can understand, there is always pressure to tighten up the regulations, and any bad publicity with the drones will be bad for the future regulations. Fly with caution, don’t disturb people or animals, fly in places that you should not (common sense), and you are just fine 🙂

    here are the needed links for travelers, that summarize the rules ect.

    https://www.droneinfo.fi/en
    https://www.droneinfo.fi/en/how_to_fly_safely
    https://www.droneinfo.fi/en/no_drone_zones

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