Finnish Aviation Safety Programme

Finnish Aviation Safety Programme, FASP

Finnish Aviation Safety Programme (FASP) is the national-level description of our aviation safety management system. It incorporates aviation safety policy and a top-level description of the legislative background, processes and measures.

Finnish aviation safety policy

As Finland’s civil aviation authority, Trafi has set safety as the principal objective in aviation. Trafi strives to maintain a high level of aviation safety and to maintain a balance between safety, economy, traffic flow and environmental friendliness. Trafi considers it particularly important that citizens retain a high level of confidence in the air transport system. Trafi supports and facilitates the trial and introduction of new technologies and operating models, with a view to their safe integration into the aviation system and third parties.

The safety standards and procedures observed in Finnish aviation comply with ICAO standards and EU requirements. Trafi is committed to defining an Acceptable Level of Safety and an Acceptable Level of Safety Performance for Finnish aviation, taking into account local circumstances and identified key risks in the risk profile of Finnish aviation.

The cornerstones of Finnish aviation safety are continuous development of safety management and of a good safety culture, performance and risk based operations management and operator responsibility for the safety of their own operations. Trafi oversees and promotes all of the above.

Trafi is committed to maintaining and developing the national safety programme and to ensuring that resources and expertise commensurate with the duties of the aviation authorities are available. Continuous training and international cooperation support this.


Global framework

Global safety objectives and implementation outlines are given in the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). At the European level, the objectives of GASP are incorporated into the European Aviation Safety Programme and Plan. In Finland, the national links in the chain of global aviation safety management are the Finnish Aviation Safety Programme and Plan drawn up by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Trafi. Trafi plays an active role in safety efforts at the European and global levels. It is our duty to ensure that the contents of the programmes and plans are translated into safety management practices in Finnish aviation.

The role of the civil aviation authority is increasingly evolving into that of a collaborator and sparring partner. Safety information is becoming more important. The foundation of safety consists of a good safety culture, effective communications between operators and authorities, and information-based measures undertaken to manage identified safety risks. Our common goal is to ensure safe air travel and to uphold passenger confidence in the air transport system.


FASP has two Annexis: Annex 1, Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety and Annex 2, Safety Performance Indicators and Targets. FASP has been published since 2012. Any need for updating the FASP and its Annexes is reviewed at least once a year.

Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety, FPAS

The Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety (FPAS, FASP Annex 1) describes the identified key risks in Finnish aviation along with Finland’s strategic safety objectives and measures taken to accomplish them.

FPAS has been published since 2013, and will be updated once a year. The latest version is The Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety 2018-2022.

The update interval for the FPAS is linked to the updating of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS). FPAS is updated taking into account action items that Member States are required to carry out under EPAS and also action items that arise from national aviation safety risk management process described in Finnish Aviation Safety Programme.

Finnish aviation Safety Performance Indicators and Targets
(FASP, Annex 2)

At the EU and national level, we strive to maintain the high level of safety already achieved, improve it and build up our ability to respond to future threats and changes posing challenges to us. In a performance-based operating environment, this also requires a clear statement about the acceptable level of safety performance we are working to achieve. The acceptable level is determined by setting strategic safety objectives, and the necessary safety performance indicators and targets required for monitoring the achievement of the targeted level in practice. Ultimately, this is about translating safety policy into everyday actions.

Finnish aviation SPIs and SPTs have been published since 2012. Current version in force, 4.1, and latest English translation version 4.0 are from 2015. Updated version 5.0 was published 17th October 2018, and will be in force from 1st January 2019 on.

This update 5.0 reflects the feedback received, the need for upgrading system-level and performance indicators, and the needs emerging in the Risk Picture and the EPAS vis-à-vis safety level and safety performance indicators and targets.

Finnish aviation safety management web-pages

More information can be found on Finnish aviation safety management web-pages (Turvallisuudenhallinta).

Links to the published safety promotion can be found in Trafi`s aviation safety management`s web-pages sub-page safety promotion (Turvallisuustiedottaminen).


Finnish Aviation Safety Programme 2018 (FASP)

Finnish Aviation Safety Programme 2018 FASP,
English version


Finnish Plan for Aviation Safety 2018-2022 (FPAS)
(FASP, Annex 1)

FPAS 2018 - 2022,
English version


Finnish aviation Safety Performance Indicators and Targets
(FASP, Annex 2)

Finnish aviation Safety Performance Indicators and Targets, version 4.0
(English version)

Finnish aviation Safety Performance Indicators and Targets, version 4.1
(Finnish version, currently in force, not translated.)

Finnish aviation Safety Performance Indicators and Targets, version 5.0
From 1st January 2019 on, versio 5.0 will be in force. Version 5.0 was published in 17th Octoner 2018. It is under translation and when ready, the English version will be published here


Safety promotion

Link to Annual safety reviews and other information can be found here.

Link to publication of The doctoral thesis A Risk Management Framework for a Complex Adaptive Transport System

New doctoral thesis continues in the same vein as the Finnish Transport Safety Agency’s ‘From Knowledge to Action’ project. The approach has been utilised especially in aviation, but is also useful in other kinds of organisations.


Contact details for more information

Heli Koivu
Chief Adviser to DGCA
e-mail: heli.koivu(at)
tel. +358 29 534 6200



Page updated 10/17/2018