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Tiny Visitor to East Iceland Airport

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Tiny Visitor to East Iceland Airport

Library picture. A similar Cesna 182. Photo: A. Pingstone/Wikipedia.

A small, single engine plane landed at Egilsstaðir Airport yesterday evening after flying all the way from Canada in one hop.

The Cesna 182 is an unusually small international visitor to Iceland, as aircraft of that type rarely attempt such long journeys.

The trip from Goose Bay to Egilsstaðir is around 2,100 km (1,305 miles) and the pilot took around ten hours to make the flight, RÚV reports.

According to the airport, the plane is being transported between countries and will continue on to mainland Europe today.

To make such long trips, the plane is fitted with an extra fuel tank inside the cabin, from which fuel is pumped to the main tanks in the wings.

The 182 is Cesna’s second-most-popular model and has space for a pilot and three passengers, with luggage—when the cockpit isn’t full of fuel tanks, that is.

Egilsstaðir Airport is one of four in Iceland which are certified for international flights. The others are Keflavík, Akureyri and Reykjavík. Egilsstaðir is served daily from Reykjavík, but international flights are rare—though operators have tried scheduled services to London and Copenhagen with some success. The airport is also used as a back-up for Vágar in the Faroe Islands, when weather is too poor to land there.

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