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Space-A Flights


Hours of Operation: 0700-1900 Daily

Air Terminal will open two hours prior to a launch and remains open until the last departure daily. 

Space-A sign-up is available at the NAS Whidbey Island Air Terminal and must be in person within 72 hours of launch.

Flights are subject to change or cancellation at any time.


Travel Categories/Selection Priorities

Category I:
Emergency Leave/Unfunded Travel.

Category II:
Enviromental and Morale Leave.

Category III:
Ordinary Leave, House Hunting Permissive TDY, Medal of Honor Holders, Foreign Military.

Category IV:
Unaccompanied Dependents(18 years or older) traveling on EML orders. Family members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult family member who is traveling EML.

Category V:
Permissive TDY (Non-House Hunting), Students(ROTC).

Category VI:
Retired, Dependents, Reserve ROTC, NUPOS, and CEC.


A: Space Available (Space A) eligible travelers may not use their privilege for personal gain or in connection with business enterprises or employment. Space A travel may not be used to establish a home or when international or theater restrictions prohibit such travel.

B: Effective 1 April 2003, The Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Transportation Policy) has approved a one-year test to evaluate the expansion of space-available privileges for dependents traveling within the Continental United States(CONUS). The test will allow dependents of Active Duty and retired Uniformed Service members to travel within the CONUS when accompanied by their sponsors. This test is scheduled to begin 1 April 2003 and will end 1 April 2004.

Please address flight inquires and questions to our customer service representative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Space A Travel Questions

Question 1: Is Space A travel a reasonable substitute for travel on a commercial airline?
ANSWER: The answer depends on you! If your travel schedule is flexible and your finances permit for a stay(sometimes in a "high-cost" area), while awaiting movement, space available travel a good travel choice. While some travelers sign up and travel may be the same day, many factors could come together to make buying a commercial ticket your best or only option. Remember, Space A travel success depends on flexibility and good timing.

Question 2: Who determines eligibility to fly Space A?
ANSWER: The four services jointly establish Space A eligibility. Our first responsibility is airlifting official DOD traffic. Space A passengers are accommodated only after official duty passengers and cargo.

Question 3: How can I find where my name is on the Space A register?
ANSWER: You can call our customer service desk @ (360)257-2604 and we will be glad to tell you where you are on the list.

Question 4: As a reservist, can I fly?
ANSWER: Yes. Reserve members with an I.D. card and a DD form 1853 may fly anywhere inside the CONUS and overseas.

Question 5: As a Retiree, where can I fly?
ANSWER: Retired members with DD form 2, (Blue) I.D. card can fly anywhere inside the CONUS and overseas.

Question 6: Do I have to be in uniform to fly?
ANSWER: Each service determines their own travel uniform policies. Currently, services permit appropriate civilian attire on DoD-owned or controlled aircraft. When civilian clothing is worn, use common sense. Attire should be in good taste and not in conflict with accepted attire in the overseas country of departure, transit, or destination as defined by the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide. It should also be capable of keeping you warm especially on military aircraft.

Question 7: How much baggage can I take?
ANSWER: As a Space A traveler, you may check two pieces of luggage to equal 40 pounds per person. You may hand carry only what fits under your seat or in the overhead compartment, if available. Over 40LBS. Must be approved by the aircraft commander.

Question 8: How do I sign up for Space "A" Flight's ?
ANSWER: You must sign up IN PERSON . NAS Whidbey Island Air Terminal no longer takes sign ups over the phone. However, certain circumstances may permit you to sign up over the phone. NAS Whidbey Island does not take FAXED or E-MAIL space "A" requests. There are no "General" waiting lists. All of our flight's are mission driven.

For further assistance please feel free to call our customer service desk @ (360)257-2604 or 6707




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