Test Areas

FUAVE’s test areas act as Living Lab environments in urban and rural areas. These areas provide a one-stop-shop for unmanned aviation research, business and applications. The FUAVE test areas include:

The FUAVE consortium is building a sustainable base for the development and use of these test areas.

Next generation drone use-cases will require cellular connectivity, autonomy, better performance, and ground infra.

The test areas can be used as platforms for the development of safe and weatherproof UAVs and sensors. They also enable the development of scaled aviation solutions for urban and rural areas. Target is to implement service simulations which are not just a one flight but to simulate longer term all-weather operations. Even downtown operations are targeted, as far as permissions are received from the civil aviation authority.

The FUAVE project is funded by the Academy of Finland and we aim to advance the drone-related development and innovation activities together with the companies.

FUAVE test areas in detail

Oulu Linnanmaa
Oulu West

Established: Oulu West / EFD756 OULU-HAILUOTO

Area size: 52.5 x 45.5 km

Area height:
A: SFC/800 FT (243.84m)
B-E: SFC/1700 FT (518.16m)

Nearby Airports / Helipads:
Oulu (EFOU)
Hailuoto (EFHL)
OYS (EFHO)

Operator: Oamk / Arctic Drone Labs

Local services:
Drone Fleet, Repair Centre, Indoor Test Area, 5G test network, U-Space Testing

Oulu University Hospital and Oulu Prison are delimited out of flying activity.

Unmanned aircraft do not have to give way to other air traffic in a reserved danger area (REF ASM Handbook 3.10).

ICAO 7-days advance notice (NOTAM) cannot be guaranteed. Activating NOTAM will be published no later than the previous working day before the day of operations.

The phone number for the person in charge of the flight operation will be announced in activating NOTAM.

More information: Kimmo Paajanen / Oulu University of Applied Sciences (see Contact page for details)

Helsinki Jätkäsaari

Picture: City of Helsinki Media Bank / Julius Konttinen

Helsinki Jätkäsaari

Accepted: Helsinki Jätkäsaari

Area size: 11.5 km x 8.5 km

Area height: SFC / 393 FT (120 m)

Planned activities:
BVLOS
Goods delivery
Sea area inspections
Traffic inspections
Infrastructure maintenance

Operator: FGI

Estimated opening: To be defined

 

Submitted, waiting for decision: Espoo – Otaniemi

Area size: To be defined

Area height: SFC / 393 FT (120 m)

Planned activities:
BVLOS
Goods delivery
Sea area inspections
Traffic inspections
Infrastructure maintenance

Operator: FGI

Estimated opening: April 2022

Type: Tempo D

Sub-areas

Otaniemi

Keilaniemi

Planned activities: To be defined

More information: Lauri Markelin / FGI

Helsinki-East Aerodrome
Helsinki East

Established: Helsinki East 1 / EFD713 PYHTÄÄ RUUKKI

Area size: 10.0 km x 3.3 km

Area height: SFC/500 FT (152.4 m)

Nearby Airports:
REDSTONE AERO (EFPR)
KYMI (EFKY)
WREDEBY

Operator: Xamk

ICAO 7-days advance notice (NOTAM) cannot be guaranteed.

Activating NOTAM will be published no later than the previous working day before the day of operations.

Unmanned aircraft do not have to give way to other air traffic in a reserved danger area (REF ASM Handbook 3.10).

The phone number for the person in charge of the flight operation will be announced in activating NOTAM.

 

Established: Helsinki East 2 / EFD723 RUOTSINPYHTÄÄ

Area size: 10.0 km x 3.3 km

Area height: SFC/500 FT (152.4 m)

Nearby Airports:
REDSTONE AERO (EFPR)
KYMI (EFKY)
WREDEBY

Operator: Xamk

Unmanned aircraft do not have to give way to other air traffic in a reserved danger area (REF ASM Handbook 3.10).

ICAO 7-days advance notice (NOTAM) cannot be guaranteed.

Activating NOTAM will be published no later than the previous working day before the day of operations.

The phone number for the person in charge of the flight operation will be announced in activating NOTAM.

FREQ 118.475 MHZ.

More information: Timo Kasurinen / XAMK

OuluZone
Oulu East

Established: Oulu East / EFD695 SAKARINAHO-KÄÄRIÄNKORPI

Area size: 10.0 km x 3.3 km

Area height: SFC/2200 FT (670.56m)

Nearby Airports:
Oulu (EFOU)
Sorosenperä (EFML)
Ranua (EFRU)
Pudasjärvi (EFPU)

Operator: University of Oulu

Local services:
Gate restricted area, fueling, maintenance, Crew: storage, heating, electricity, water

Unmanned aircraft do not have to give way to other air traffic in a reserved danger area (REF ASM Handbook 3.10).

ICAO 7-days advance notice (NOTAM) cannot be guaranteed. Activating NOTAM will be published no later than the previous working day before the day of operations.

The phone number for the person in charge of the flight operation will be announced in activating NOTAM.

More information: Janne Rajala / University of Oulu

Lapland East

In preparation: Lapland East Savukoski

Area size: 5240 km2

Area height: SFC/10000 FT (3048 m)

* In certain sub-areas

Nearby Airfields:
Kemijärvi (EFKM)
Sodankylä (EFSO)
Rovaniemi (EFRO)

Operator: Arctic Ax Corporation Oy

Local services: Accommodation, logistics, office space, repair hall

Type: Tempo D

Usage: Coordinated by Operator

Characteristics:
Largest UAS test site in Europe
Highest in the World

Intended use:
Arctic condition testing
Weather research
High altitude flights
Long-range flights
Reindeer herding

Estimated opening: Summer 2022

More information: Christian Gummerus / Arctic Ax Corporation Oy

Kirkkonummi Sjökulla
Helsinki West

Accepted: Helsinki West – Sjökulla

Area size: 11.5 km x 8.5 km

Area height: 393 FT AGL (120 m)

Tempo D height: 1300 FT MSL (396.24 m)

Operator: FGI

Estimated opening: April 2022

Type: UAS Allowed + Tempo D

Limitations:
Multicopters max 50 kg
Fixed wing max 25 kg

Sub-areas:
Green (preferred)
Red (avoidable)

Usage:
Professional use only
FGI and partners

Planned activities:
BVLOS
Heavy-weight drone use

 

Accepted: Vihti UAS Test Fields

Area: Hovi test fields in Vihti

Area height: 393 FT AGL (120 m)

Operator: FGI

Type: Tempo D

Usage: FGI and partners only

Intended use of areas:
Agricultural applications, spreading

More information: Juha Suomalainen / FGI

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