Wait, you're landing on grass now too?Today I had the pleasure of adding a new airfield under my belt. Fagernes Airport, located just southeast of the Jotunheimen mountains, was a commercial airport until a few years back when this was discontinued. After being closed to everyone except the local flying club, it has now been opened for general aviation and today I flew there with two club mates in a C172. As I have done several times with these two, we made it a 3-leg trip. I was backseat passenger on the first leg, to Fagernes, before taking the pilot seat for the 2nd leg, from Fagernes to the more familiar airfield Starmoen - a hub for air sports in south-east Norway. When we arrived there, a glider waiting for towing was occupying the asphalt runway ...
Fortunately, I did some takeoffs and landings on the grass on that very airfield in September last year, with an instructor, so I was confident in putting the plane down on the grass next to the runway. My first landing on grass without an instructor turned out to be a pretty good one! After landing we got the pleasure of watching the glider being towed by another aircraft.
For the leg back to our home airfield, I took the "co-pilot" seat and spent 50 minutes looking for suitable landing fields and non-existent traffic.