Only in Iceland.
One Fall afternoon in 2014, my friend Kristinn Ingi Pétursson and I were meandering in the mountains of Borgarfjörður Eystri in East Iceland. Our plan to fly over this rugged terrain had just fallen through as the Cessna aircraft meant to take us had not returned from a routine maintenance check.
Soon we espied a small aircraft flying overhead and Kristinn Ingi called the control tower at Egilsstaðir airport for details. Then he texted the pilot. Within minutes the aircraft was on the ground in nearby Bakkagerði. In any event, with its low wing the Falconar proved unsuitable for our aerial photography needs.
The airman Kolbeinn Hilmarsson, all of 18 years at the time, was logging in flight hours. Today he’s a First Officer with WOW Air.