Larvik Airport, Fritzøe

Larvik Airport, Fritzøe (Norwegian: Larvik flyplass, Fritzøe, ICAO: ENFZ[1]) was a private airport situated at Yttersø in Larvik, Norway. Straddling the shore of the river of Numedalslågen, the airport featured a 900-meter (3,000 ft) grass runway. The airport was built in 1957.

Larvik Airport, Fritzøe

Larvik flyplass, Fritzøe
FritzoeFlyplassNordreHangar.jpg
A disused hangar
Summary
Airport typePrivate
Owner/OperatorTreschow–Fritzøe
ServesLarvik, Norway
LocationYttersø, Larvik
Elevation AMSL10 m / 3 ft
Coordinates59°03′04″N 010°03′59″E / 59.05111°N 10.06639°E / 59.05111; 10.06639Coordinates: 59°03′04″N 010°03′59″E / 59.05111°N 10.06639°E / 59.05111; 10.06639
Map
ENFZ is located in Norway
ENFZ
ENFZ
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 900 2,953 Grass

HistoryEdit

 
Overview of the airport

The first aviation in Larvik was an air show held at Yttersø in 1914, on the site of the later airport.[2] The first proposal for an airport in Larvik was carried out by the Luftwaffe during the German occupation of Norway. They commenced construction of an airport at Månejordet in Hedrum in January 1945, although this was never completed.[3]

Larvik Airport, Fritzøe was built by the conglomerate Treschow–Fritzøe under the auspice of director Gerhard Aage Treschow. The site was located close to the company's head office.[4] The only regular commercial flights out of the airport were carried out by Fjellfly. The used it to transport the newspaper Dagbladet to Larvik. The largest aircraft they used on this route was the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer.[5]

FacilitiesEdit

 
Offices located on the former site of the runway

The aerodrome was situated on the western bank of Numedalslågen on the farm of Yttersø in Larvik. The airport featured a 900-meter (3,000 ft) grass runway,[4] aligned 01/19. The actual width of the runway varied between 20 and 37 meters (66 and 121 ft). It had a reference elevation of 3 meters (9.8 ft).[6] It also had a landslip for seaplanes to reach a water aerodrome on the river.[4] The airport was certified for aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 4,000 kilograms (8,800 lb).[4]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

A Cessna Skymaster slid off the runway into the river upon take-off on 15 August 1994. Although the aircraft was written off, the pilot was not injured.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Location Indicators by State" (PDF). International Civil Aviation Organization. 17 September 2010. pp. 82–83.
  2. ^ Nyhus, Per (1999). Larvik A–Å (in Norwegian). Larvik: Østlands-Posten. p. 645. ISBN 82-990835-3-2.
  3. ^ Sørlie, Rune (1984). Vestfold under krig og okkupasjon 1940–45 (in Norwegian). Larvik: Tønsberg Sparebank. p. 186.
  4. ^ a b c d Stavseth, Gunnar (1985). Treschow–Fritzöe: 1935–1985 (in Norwegian). Larvik. p. 58. ISBN 82-991211-0-8.
  5. ^ Olsen, Bjørn (1999). Telemark i norsk luftfarts historie (in Norwegian). Skau. pp. 201, 224. ISBN 82-7976-002-4.
  6. ^ a b "Rapport om luftfartsulykke på Fritzøe flyplass den 15. august 1994 med Cessna P337H, LN-LOU" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Accident Investigation Board Norway. October 1995. p. 7. Retrieved 20 December 2014.