UPDATE: FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR WEEK OF JUNE 19-25, 2016
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016; Wednesday, June 22, 2016 and Thursday, June 23, 2016. Aircraft carrier based flight training will also occur at Ault Field from June 20-24, 2016.
People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield.
Coupeville carrier operations
Day Time Frame
Tuesday June 21 Late night
Wednesday, June 22 Late Afternoon to Mid-Evening to late night
Thursday, June 23 Late Afternoon to Mid-Evening to late night
Ault Field carrier operations
Day Time Frame
Monday, June 20 Mid-Afternoon to Late Night and after midnight
Tuesday, June 21 Night to Late Night and after midnight
Wednesday, June 22 Night to Late Night and after midnight
Thursday, June 23 Night to Late Night
Friday, June 24 Late Morning to Mid-Afternoon
Due to the Summer Solstice and late sunset next week, flight training after midnight is required to conduct night training.
Ault Field will be used as a backup field for scheduled flights at OLF Coupeville if cancellations become necessary. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules for FCLPs and CCAs.
The FCLP and CCA tempo are driven by the Fleet Replacement Squadron student training curriculum and pre-deployment carrier EA-18G Growler squadron flight qualifications. It can also fluctuate due to weather, maintenance and operational requirements.
NAS Whidbey Island remains open continuously to support flight operations and training. FCLP and CCA schedules for OLF Coupeville and Ault Field will continue to be released weekly for community planning purposes. Comments, including noise complaints can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island’s comment line at (360) 257-6665, or via e-mail: comments.NASWI@navy.mil.
Comments regarding flight operations should note the time an event occurred, where exactly the event occurred and as much detail as possible about what was seen. We also ask that people leave their contact information for our tracking purposes. All other questions can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at (360) 257-2286.
The Navy’s OLF at Coupeville is a critical national security asset that provides essential training for Navy pilots based at NAS Whidbey Island to conduct safe and effective aircraft carrier flight operations around the world.