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Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of June 17-23, 2019

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06/21/19 11:25 AM

Due to ongoing requirements, there is a change to the carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

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.

Both runways at Ault Field are now open. If OLF Coupeville is unavailable for any reason, Ault Field will become the backup airfield for OLF scheduled operations. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules. 

 

Coupeville carrier operations

Day                                            Time Frame

Monday, June 17                       Mid to Late Afternoon then Night to Late Night

Tuesday, June 18                      Mid to Late Afternoon then Night to Late Night

Wednesday, June 19                 Night to Late Night

Thursday, June 20                     Late Afternoon to Early Evening, then Night to Late Night

Friday, June 21                          Early to Mid-Afternoon

 

Ault Field carrier operations

Day                                            Time Frame

Monday, June 17                       Night to Late Night

Tuesday, June 18                      Night to Late Night

Wednesday, June 19                 Night to Late Night

Thursday, June 20                     Late Morning then Mid-Afternoon to Evening

Friday, June 21                           Early Afternoon

 

 

The FCLP and other carrier-based training tempos are driven by operational training requirements, and may fluctuate due to weather and maintenance. Currently, there are multiple squadrons preparing for deployments at sea. An important part of the pilots' training is to complete all requirements for day and nighttime landings on an aircraft carrier. Late sunset in the Pacific Northwest means nighttime training requirements get pushed late at night. 

NAS Whidbey Island remains open continuously to support flight operations and training. 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.

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