There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of June 15-21, 2020. There are no aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled for Ault Field that week.
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. Due to late sunsets this time of year, all night operations are pushed to later than normal times.
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. OLF Coupeville will be
closed from March 11 to the 20 for maintenance. 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 15 Mid to Late Afternoon Then Night to Late Night
Tuesday, June 16 Mid to Late Afternoon Then Night to Late Night
Wednesday, June 17 Night to Late Night
Thursday, June 18 Night to Late Night
Friday, June 19 Early to Mid-Afternoon
Ault Field carrier operations
Day Time Frame
The FCLP and other carrier-based training tempos are driven by operational training requirements, and may fluctuate due to weather and maintenance.
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.