UPDATE: FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE CHANGE AT NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND COMPLEX FOR AUG. 30
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – The Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations scheduled at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., for Tuesday, Aug. 30 has been moved to Ault Field.
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
Wednesday, Aug. 31 Late Night
Ault Field carrier operations
Day Time Frame
Monday, Aug. 29 Afternoon to Late Night
Tuesday, Aug. 30 Mid morning to late night
Wednesday, Aug. 31 Night to Very Early Morning Thursday
Thursday, Sept. 1 Late Morning to Early Evening
Friday, Sept. 2 Mid-Morning 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.
Routine repairs to complete required maintenance on Runways 07/25 are still ongoing until the end of September 2016. While runways 07/25 are closed aircraft will be taking off and landing using the remaining runways 14/32 heading either Northwest or Southeast. This takeoff and landing approach will result in increased activity over eastern Oak Harbor, northern Camano Island, Anacortes, La Conner and Lopez Island.
NAS Whidbey Island remains open continuously to support flight operations and training. FCLP and Carrier Controlled Approach 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.