Updates to regulation on the use of remotely piloted aircraft and model aircraft

11/29/18, 7:00 PM

Trafi has updated the national aviation regulation on the use of remotely piloted aircraft and model aircraft, also known as drones. The purpose of the amendments is to take into account development needs identified in the practical application of the rules and to anticipate the requirements of the future EU Regulation by adapting operations to its objectives.

The most important change in the Trafi regulation involves reducing safety distances around airports to enable maximum flexibility in operations near airports without compromising safety. Moreover, the possibilities for exemptions have been expanded to better take into account the needs of different operators.

“The objective was to reduce, for example, the number of those contacts with air traffic control that are not likely to increase safety, and to enable the flexible use and active development of drones also in the future. The use of drones has developed tremendously over the past few years. This has been taken into account in the regulation, for example, by giving new definitions for airport safety distances and making the rules more user-friendly,” says Chief Adviser Jukka Hannola.

Important and safety-increasing changes include the definition of safety areas around uncontrolled aerodromes and heliports. A new annex giving instructions on safety assessments has also been added to the explanatory memorandum accompanying the regulation. The instructions have been formulated so that they would be useful to as many operators as possible.

The regulation enters into force on 7 December 2018. At the same time, Trafi will also update its Droneinfo application that includes information on restricted areas, no drone zones and altitude limits applied in Finland.

Further information:

Chief Adviser Jukka Hannola, tel. +358 29 534 7063, jukka.hannola (at) trafi.fi
Head of Unit Päivi Metsävainio, tel. +358 29 534 6063, paivi.metsavainio (at) trafi.fi