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.
- 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.