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Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at NAS Whidbey Island Complex Wednesday Through Friday, December 20 To 22


12/21/17 12:00 AM

There are changes to the published flight training schedule for the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville and at Ault Field the rest of this week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 20 thru the  22, 2017.

Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) at the Outlying Landing Field is now scheduled from mid- afternoon into evening Wednesday and Thursday, then early and late afternoon on Friday. FCLPs are scheduled at Ault Field Friday evening.

The full schedule follows below.

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 Dec. 20                Mid-afternoon into Evening

Thursday, Dec. 21                   Mid-afternoon into Evening

Friday, Dec. 22                       Early then Late Afternoon,


Ault Field carrier operations

Day                                         Time Frame

Friday, Dec. 22                       Evening

The FCLP and other carrier-based training tempos 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 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 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.