How to fly safely

How to fly safely


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

Remember these

  • During flight always maintain visual contact to 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 is allowed to height of obstacles. Flying in close vicinity of an obstacle you may fly 15 m over obstacles height with permission of the obstacles owner.
  • The maximum allowed flight altitude is 150m. Flying in the control zone of an airport but still further away than 3 km of the airport runways the maximum allowed flight altitude is 50m.
  • Flying a drone above a crowd of people is not allowed. Minimun safe distance is 50 m.
  • The flight must not endanger or distrub the operations of an emergency services helicopter. 
  • While flying close to small airports such as Nummela you need airport operatos permit to fly closer than 1 km, or if airport has published local regulations of flying a drone you must foloow them. You can find information of airports here.
  • Flying closer than 600 m to helipads such as  Meilahti you need to have helipad operators permission. You can find helipad information AIP Finland, part AD3.
  • Flying above cities is allowed when the pilot knows the flying area, has made sure that flying safely there is possible and the drone weighs less than 3kg.
  • Flights should not cause danger to or disturb other people. 
  • Drones are responsible for avoiding other aircraft.
  • Mark your drone with your name and contact information.
  • Taking an insurance against third party damages is recommended.


Choose a safe area to fly



Maintain visual contact to the drone



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Page updated 12/13/2018