Finnish Civil Aviation Authority About CAA Finland

Finnish Civil Aviation Authority


A new Finnish Civil Aviation Authority, composed of the former regulatory units of
CAA Finland, commenced its operations on 1 January 2006. It will be responsible for
flight safety and aviation regulatory issues.

The Civil Aviation Authority is in charge of issuing instructions and regulations on flight safety and security, and assumes other regulatory duties in civil aviation. The establishment of the new aviation authority is related to a larger reform of the Finnish aviation legislation.

The Civil Aviation Authority is an independent agency operating under the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The costs for the agency’s operations are covered by a tax-like charge for the supervision of air traffic, which is imposed upon airport operators to enhance flight safety and make the supervision of aviation more efficient. Part of the Civil Aviation Authority’s funding comes from fees collected for its services. The Finnish Civil Aviation Administration, on the other hand, will continue as a state enterprise. It provides air navigation services in Finland and maintains state-owned airports also in the future.

Finnish Civil Aviation Authority


•maintains and further develops flight safety in Finland
•monitors and oversees civil aviation safety

The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority is a civil aviation safety
regulatory body, the main duties of which are to:

•issue aviation safety regulations
•grant certificates and licenses
•maintain registers
•oversee aviation operations
•participate in international co-operation

The duties are defined in more detail by the Finnish Aviation Act andby Act on the Civil Aviation Authority.


Reform of the Aviation Act

The establishment of the new aviation authority is a part of a larger reform of the Finnish aviation legislation. The Aviation Act regulates aviation in Finland, and it also governs Finnish aircraft operating abroad.

Updating the Act became necessary because of rapid technological development in the field of aviation. A new feature in the Aviation Act is that it implements the EU directives concerning the safety of third-country aircraft.

The Civil Aviation Authority is located at Vantaa

By a decision of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the new Finnish Civil Aviation Authority is located at Vantaa. The office is near Helsinki-Vantaa airport in the address Ilmailutie 9A, Vantaa.