This information is for those who intend to buy or operate an Airband Radio in Finland. It is based on the Information available from Traficom, the Finnish Transport and Communications Regulator. The latest information can always be found on their website.
Airband Radios (108 to 137 MHz) are regulated in Finland. It is mandatory to have: (1) Device Radio license and (2) Radio Operators Certificate.
(1) Device Radio license
You must apply for a Radio Device license when you receive your device. (Hae radiolupa ilmailun VHF-puhelimille, joita käytetään ilma-aluksessa, liitimessä ja maassa)
- To Apply use the below shown E-service on Traficom’s website. It only takes a couple of minutes and is granted immediately.
- It costs around €20 a year and it renews automatically. If you don’t need the radio license anymore you need to use another E-service on the site to cancel it.
- If you do not plan to use the Radio in an aircraft then select the “Radio license called Radio licence for ground-based VHF radiotelephones for aviation on uncontrolled aerodromes” (Hae radiolupa ilmailun VHF-radiopuhelimelle, jota käytetään maassa valvomattomilla lentopaikoilla). It is around the same price.
- When you fill in the application using the E-service you use your Bank ID to identify yourself. You then add the Device type and the Serial number of the Radio. You will then see a summary of the information you have provided and then get to pay for your license.
(2) Radio Operators Certificate
If you have a Radio that is able to transmit, you should have a Radio Operators Certificate.
- If you are a pilot you have this already as part of your pilots license.
- If you are not a pilot but you would like to get the Certificate you can undergo training with an Aviation Training Organization. The Certificate is called: “Restricted radiotelephone operator’s certificate and language proficiency endorsement” (Rajoitetun radiopuhelimen hoitajan kelpuutus ja kielitaitomerkintä). After receiving the training and getting the endorsement you Apply for the Certificate with Traficom.
It is very important that we follow these rules because it has an impact on Aviation Safety. Please be aware that we have a legal obligation to provide Traficom or any other EU regulator with information they request regarding sales of Airband Radios in their jurisdiction. For more information on any of the topics on this page please check the Traficom website.