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Waynesboro Airport Told to Stop Grass Landings

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The state is ordering Waynesboro's Eagle's Nest Airport to stop pilots from landing on an unlicensed grass runway. 

The airport's manager, John Trissel, says some glider pilots prefer to land on the grass strip next to the paved runway to avoid hitting lights or having teetering wings hit asphalt.

The Virginia Department of Aviation tells the airport allowing pilots to use the grass as a runway is illegal under a 2010 state law.

"We're going to have to work together to make sure the pilot is up to speed so when they come in on any conditions that they can handle the conditions a paved runway demands them to have," Trissel said. 

Trissel says the state considers the grassy area next to the paved runway a safety zone. 

Eagle's Nest risked losing its license as a public use airport if it allowed the landings to continue.

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