Statoil brings Tommeliten on streamBreakwater in place

New heliport at Sola airport

person by the Norwegian Petroleum Museum
The first helicopter in Stavanger arrived during the spring of 1965, when Norway’s Helikopter Service established a base for such machines at Stavanger Airport Sola.
— Helicopters lined up at Sola airport. Photo: ConocoPhillips/Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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Once offshore flights had begun and the company secured work, it took over a barracks and three hangars in 1966 at an old Second World War airfield established by the occupying Germans.

This facility was refurbished. However, a decision in the mid-1970s to build a motorway between Sandnes and Stavanger meant part of the site had to be relinquished, and Helikopter Service acquired land north of the old base on 1 July 1975.

The new terminal was ready in 1978. But the heliport was controversial, with problems caused by noise, complaints from neighbours and disagreements with air traffic control at Sola.

A move was approved, but implementing this took time and it was not until 7 March 1989 that transport minister William Engseth could officially open the new facility at the airport.

Statoil brings Tommeliten on streamBreakwater in place
Published 24. June 2019   •   Updated 24. June 2019
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