Norway's general aviation community wants the government to create a dedicated facility in Oslo for private and recreational flyers, as they face expulsion from their only base in the capital.

"Norway is letting general aviation slowly die," says the Oslo Aero Club. which was forced to relocate in 1998 to Kjeller airbase 32km (20 miles) east of the city following the closure of centrally based Forebu airport. Kjeller, which is home to over 50 aircraft and 1,500 pilots, is now facing closure under government plans to move the airbase.

General aviation has become an essential form of transport in Norway, where around half the country's 4.5 million population is north of the Arctic Circle, where road travel is difficult.

Source: Flight International