NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – There has been two changes to scheduled Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island the week of July 3-9, 2016. Carrier operations training has been added to the schedule for the morning of July 5 at Ault Field, and FCLP operations at Coupeville slightly modified for July 7.
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.
The operational schedule for both fields in the NAS Whidbey Island complex the week of July 3-9 follows:
Coupeville carrier operations
Day Time Frame
Thursday, July 7 Late Afternoon to Early Evening
Ault Field carrier operations
Day Time Frame
Tuesday, July 5 Late Morning to noon
Wednesday, July 6 Late Night to Past Midnight
Thursday, July7 Late Night to Past Midnight
Friday, July 8 Early to Mid Afternoon
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.