Finland and Iran negotiated an air transport agreement on 12-14 June 2017.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) organized an expert meeting on flight safety over the Baltic Sea in cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) from 31 May to 1 June 2017. The aim of the meeting was to agree on finalizing the proposals of the previous meeting in early March and turn them into recommendations. A tangible proposal for the publication of operational procedures in compliance with good aviation practice was made. Preliminary consensus on the use of transponders was also achieved.
The flight safety meeting concluded that the recommendations issued in 2015 have led to positive developments at the Baltic Sea.
An expert meeting about the safety of flights over the Baltic Sea area will be organised in Helsinki on 2 March 2017 in co-operation with the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO. The meeting will be chaired by Chief Adviser Kari Siekkinen of Trafi.
Airports in northern Finland experience extremely severe conditions in the winter, placing great demands on pilots and operators alike. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi and Finavia have jointly published a bulletin to help operators who have little experience in operating at airports in winter conditions.
The operator of a remotely piloted aircraft must notify Trafi before commencing operations. So far, almost 1,000 operators have submitted a notification of using remotely piloted aircraft for aerial work.
“The transport sector is undergoing huge changes. Digitalisation, automation, the sharing economy and new services are transforming transport markets all over the world,” said Kari Wihlman, Director General of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) at the Trafi 2016 stakeholder event at Finlandia Hall today, 14 October 2016.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency announces that an operating authorizations for air services between Finland and China (Chongqing, Guangzhou and Xi’an) are available.
The aviation authorities of the Baltic Sea states and civil and military operators held a meeting today, Thursday 7 February, in Finland. The meeting was the first of the Baltic Sea Focus Group founded by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO. The objective of the group is to promote aviation safety in the international airspace of the Baltic Sea area as traffic volumes increase.
Unmanned aircraft systems, also known as RPAS or civil drones, are the next great step forward in aviation. They involve a huge potential for innovation. For this reason, we must respond to unmanned aircraft as a new group of airspace users.
The Finnish government has, on 21 May 2015, issued a decree on four new prohibited areas for aviation. Three of the areas are located in Helsinki (Kruununhaka, Meilahti and Munkkiniemi) and one in Naantali (Luonnonmaa). The new prohibited areas extend to a height of 150 m above ground or sea. The changes enter into force on 28 May 2015.
The processing of Finavia’s application for noise-related operating restrictions at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is at its final stages. However, Trafi has received some complementary and more specific material during the application process – for instance, the noise abatement objective for the airport has been defined. For this reason, an additional round of consultations is arranged for everyone with an interest in this matter.
There will be a major change in the configuration of the Finnish airspace on 13 November 2014. This new airspace structure and standardised European rules of the air (SERA, EU regulation 923/2012) will be enforced simultaneously. The objectives for these major changes are the efficient use of airspace, enforcement of pan-European regulations, and the structural enhancement of the Finnish Air Force.
“Being a responsible actor and using information in a new way are factors that enable deregulation,” said Kari Wihlman, Director General of Trafi, at the currently ongoing State of Transport seminar in Helsinki. The new opportunities facilitated by information and new ways of leveraging the official status of the agency are already apparent in the transport system today and will increase in the future.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency announces that an operating authorization for air services between Finland and Israel is available.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency's Director General for the Aviation Sector, Pekka Henttu, has been elected as the Chair of the Management Board of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is the first time that a Finnish person has been elected to this position. The term of office is three years. Henttu will also continue in his role at Trafi.
The Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland is showing signs of activation. If the volcano erupts and produces an ash cloud, air traffic may be affected also in Finland. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) is closely monitoring the situation at the Bardarbunga volcano and will provide further information as necessary.
”Information has dramatically increased its role in society in recent years. Big data, mass data, very large data, raw data, open data, data analytics, digitisation...,” Trafi’s Information Director and Director General for Data Resources, Mia Nykopp, lists the various types of information that affect our lives. Trafi is actively involved in the 10th ITS European Congress in Helsinki, held on 16–19 June, 2014.
In July 2013, the European Commission adopted a proposal for the authorisation of third country operators engaged in commercial air transport in Europe. The proposed rules are called Part-TCO. Upon entry into force of the new rules, third country operators engaged in commercial air transport operations in Europe must demonstrate compliance with international (ICAO) standards to EASA.
The NEFAB National Supervisory Authority Committee (NSA Committee) formed by aviation authorities in NEFAB states (Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Norway) has, on 5 March 2014, published a performance plan for air navigation services for the second reference period between 2015 and 2019.
During the Olympic Games in Sochi, passengers are not allowed to bring any liquids into the aircraft cabin on flights to Russia. You may not therefore take on board the usual 1-litre transparent bag for liquid products such as toothpaste or mascara. All cosmetics and toiletries must be packed into the hold baggage.
The new EU regulation on the security screening of liquids carried in hand baggage that enters into force on 31 January 2014 will not have much effect on air travellers’ practical routines. As before, passengers are allowed to carry liquids in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 millilitres, packed in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than 1 litre. In addition, any baby food, medicines and liquids for special dietary requirements for use during the trip can be carried in the aircraft cabin.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency announces that an operating authorization for air services between Finland and Kazakhstan is available.