The government gives LFV increased responsibility for unmanned aviation and extends the Director-General's appointment

Published: 01 February 2023 08:17

On 1 February, LFVs assignment will be updated to include information and services that support unmanned aviation. LFVs Director-General Ann Persson Grivas appointment will be extended for a further three years from 1 April to 31 March 2026.

“To lead the authority that is responsible for providing a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly air traffic service is an important societal mission. Like the entire aviation industry, we at LFV are also facing a future marked by new conditions. I am proud and happy about the opportunity to continue as general manager.

In recent years, the global situation, the pace of technological development and the force of climate change have affected the entire aviation sector and the air traffic services for which we are responsible. We are now entering an exciting time. On the one hand, I see that we, as a supplier of air traffic services for civil and military aviation, have an important role in building a functional total defence. In addition, we now have a new main task of providing flight planning and execution services for unmanned aviation. I am really looking forward to leading LFV into this new era.” says Ann Persson Grivas, Director-General of LFV.

With the updated instruction, the main tasks of LFV will be to provide a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly air traffic service for civil and military aviation and services for unmanned aviation. The updated instruction means the enabling of unmanned aviation in the lower parts of the Swedish airspace with the flight safety maintained. Services shall be provided for essential operators, commercial drone operators and hobbyists with a focus on the preservation of aviation and public safety. Through this extension of the assignment, LFV can contribute to increased societal benefits for important transports and services that can be performed with the help of drones.

A continued trust is also awarded to LFVs Director General, where the appointment is extended for another three years. Ann Persson Grivas took up her position as head of the authority on 1 April 2017 and has led LFVs development for the past six years. With this extension, she will continue to work to operate a robust, sustainable air navigation service for civil and military aviation that is fit for the future.

Instruction for LFV (, in Swedish).

Facts about LFV

  • LFV was the first in the world with remote air traffic control, Remote Tower Services, RTS.
  • We are in charge of traffic control at 16 airports/squadrons and four air traffic control centers in Sweden: ATCC Stockholm, ATCC Malmö, RTC Stockholm and Östgöta Kontrollcentral ÖKC.
  • We conduct research and develop services and operational concepts to meet new conditions that increase safety, efficiency, capacity, availability and sustainability.
  • LFV collaborates with various alliances and organizations to make European airspace more efficient.
  • LFV has over 75 years of experience and knowledge of air navigation services and aviation safety.
  • LFV has about 1100 employees.