How to fly safely

How to fly safely


The number of drone pilots in Finland is growing fast. All drone pilots should know how to fly safely while respecting others' privacy. 

Remember this

  • During flight always maintain visual contact with your drone.
  • Flying closer than 1km from an airport runway is not allowed without permission from the air traffic control tower.
  • Flying at distances between 1 km to 3 km from an airport runway is allowed up to the height of surrounding obstacles. In close vicinity to an obstacle, you may fly 15 m over the obstacle height with permission from the obstacle owner.
  • The maximum allowed flight altitude is 150m. Flying in the control zone of an airport but still further away than 3 km from the airport runways, the maximum allowed flight altitude is 50m.
  • Flying a drone above a crowd of people is not allowed. The minimum safe distance is 50 m.
  • The flight must not endanger or disturb the operations of an emergency services helicopter. 
  • When flying close to small aerodromes, such as Nummela, you need the aerodrome operator’s permit to fly closer than 1 km, or if the aerodrome has published local regulations for flying a drone you must follow them. You can find information about aerodromes here.
  • For flying closer than 600 m to helipads such as Meilahti, you need to have the helipad operator’s permission. You can find helipad information AIP Finland, section AD3.
  • Flying above cities is allowed if the pilot knows the flying area, has made sure that it is possible to fly there safely, and the drone weighs less than 3kg.
  • Flights must not cause danger to or disturb other people. 
  • Drones are responsible for avoiding any other aircraft.
  • Mark your drone with your name and contact information.
  • Taking an insurance against third party damages is recommended.



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Page updated 07/16/2019