Aerial work with unmanned aircraft
 

Aerial work with unmanned aircraft

Aerial work with unmanned aircraft means any other use than sports or hobby use. For example a teacher using UAS during teaching is operating under the rules of unmanned aerial work even if there are no payments involved.

 

Requirements of aerial work

Minimum requirements:

  • Make a Notification on the use of remotely piloted aircraft to our online system and remember to update your information when you change your address or aircrafts. The notification costs 20€ / year.
  • Take an insurance against third party damages that fulfills the requirements in regulation (EC) 785/2004.
  • Mark all of your drones with a sticker that has the name of the responsible person and their contact information.
  • Keep a log of all flights that has the information required by OPS M1-32. Keep record of the log for at least 2 years.
  • Any occurrences involving remotely piloted aircraft, including accidents and serious incidents, must be reported to Traficom. Writing the report won’t lead to any legal charges as according to the aviation’s “Just Culture” principles the reports are looked in educational purpose.
 
 

Additional requirements when flying above densely populated areas:

  • The maximum allowable take off mass is 3kg. 
  • The remote pilot must be familiar with the area, and must have ensured that the device is technically sound and assessed that the flight can be performed safely.

    Or
  • The maximum allowable take off mass is 7kg. 
  • In an emergency situation you must be able to land so that risk for people and property is minimal. This requirement can be fulfilled using an operational procedure, a safety equipment or combination of both.
  • Create a written:
  • description of the operations that includes information on the operating area and operating time as well as the flight altitudes and aircraft used;
  • safety assessment that includes hazard identification, risk assessment and risk mitigation measures;
  • Procedures for normal operations and emergencies.
  • Keep records of operational instructions and safety assessments for at least 3 months.
  • Instructions for making operations manual and safety assessment can be found from the sidebar named “RPAS Operations Manual”.
 
 

Additional requirements when flying flying closer than 50m from crowds of people or above crowds of people:

  • The maximum allowable take off mass is 7kg. The weight of a parachute system is not included in this mass.
  • In an emergency situation you must be able to land so that risk for people and property is minimal. This requirement can be fulfilled using an operational procedure, a safety equipment or combination of both.
  • Create a written:
  • description of the operations that includes information on the operating area and operating time as well as the flight altitudes and aircraft used;
  • safety assessment that includes hazard identification, risk assessment and risk mitigation measures;
  • Procedures for normal operations and emergencies.
  • Description of the operation, safety assessment and operational procedures shall be sent to Finnish Transport Safety Agency before the flights. Documents should be sent to kirjaamo (at) traficom.fi with the email titled "RPAS risk assessment notification"
  • Instructions for making operations manual and safety assessment can be found from the sidebar named “RPAS Operations Manual”.
 

Requirements for BVLOS operations:

  • Create a written:
  • description of the operations that includes information on the operating area and operating time as well as the flight altitudes and aircraft used;
  • safety assessment that includes hazard identification, risk assessment and risk mitigation measures;
  • Procedures for normal operations and emergencies.
  • Description of the operation, safety assessment and operational procedures shall be sent to Finnish Transport Safety Agency before the flights. Documents should be sent to kirjaamo (at) traficom.fi with the email titled "RPAS risk assessment notification"
  • Reservation of airspace should be sought at least 8 weeks before starting the operations. After the reserved airspace zone has been created the zone can be activated on the previous work day to the planned start of operations. The airspace reservation will create a temporary danger area that will be published as a map and NOTAM.
  • To seek an airspace reservation send a message to ilmatila (at) traficom.fi and ask for more instructions.
 

Requirements for exemption from maximum mass, altitude limit or other:

  • Create a written:
  • description of the operations that includes information on the operating area and operating time as well as the flight altitudes and aircraft used;
  • safety assessment that includes hazard identification, risk assessment and risk mitigation measures;
  • Procedures for normal operations and emergencies.
  • Create instructions for normal operations and emergency procedures.
  • Send an application for exemption to kirjaamo (at) traficom.fi with the email titled "RPAS exemption permit application". You should have as attachments description of the operation, safety assessment and operational procedures. 
 

 

 

 

RPAS Operations Manual

RPAS Operations Manual

 
 
 

 

 
 
Page updated 08/23/2019