Located in the Puget Sound of Washington State, NAS Whidbey Island is one of the Navy’s largest air stations and, among other things, serves as the Navy’s sole center of excellence for electronic combat warfare training. The base manages two primary aircraft training fields: Ault Field in Oak Harbor and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville. The installation supports training activities for 21 home-based squadrons, as well as support to hundreds of transient military and civilian aircraft operations every year.
The majority of aircraft operations occur at Ault Field, a busy multi-mission air field. OLF Coupeville is primarily used for Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP). Due to the density and diverse nature of aircraft operations at NAS Whidbey Island, multiple runways are necessary to support shored-based readiness, total force readiness and maintain operational access of Whidbey based squadrons.
FCLPs are a specific type of training operation refined over decades of carrier operations that prepare aircrew for landing aircraft aboard the carrier. FCLP training is conducted at both OLF Coupeville and aboard Ault Field. In order to properly prepare crews for the dynamic nature of shipboard flying, it is imperative to replicate carrier landing experience as much as possible. This includes flying at appropriate altitudes and speeds as well as conducting FCLPs at or near sea level.
NAS Whidbey Island publishes the FCLP schedule at OLF Coupeville every Thursday for the following week. That information is published in the Whidbey News Times, Whidbey Examiner, and on the base’s Facebook page. If there is a significant change in the FCLP schedule at OLF Coupeville, that information will be provided over the flight information line at (360) 257-6665.
Community Concerns Hotline: Citizens who wish to comment about NAS Whidbey Operations may call the recorded base flight information line [(360) 257-6665] or through email at comments.NASWI@navy.mil. Information from the phone line and email address are forwarded to personnel who are knowledgeable about the data collection required for us to investigate comments or concerns.
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NOTE: Concerns about aircraft operations will not change the flight pattern of current operations or change the hours we are operating. Flight Operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are conducted around the clock seven days a week. The airspace that NAS Whidbey operates in covers training areas off the Washington coast, over the Olympic peninsula, airspace and approach corridors surrounding Ault Field and OLF Coupeville, various Military Operating Areas over the Cascades, and visual or instrument training routes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Like civilian aircraft, there is not an established limitation to where military aircraft can fly.
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