There has been a change to aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island. Aircraft carrier-based flight training is now scheduled to occur Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 1-3, 2017 at Ault Field. No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash.
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.
As a reminder, routine annual repairs to Runway 7/25 at Ault Field are scheduled from July 10 through August 30, 2017.
During that time planes can only take off and land heading either Northwest or Southeast using Runway 14/32, and are more likely to use a landing approach and departure that brings aircraft over eastern Oak Harbor and northern Camano Island.
Coupeville carrier operations
Ault Field carrier operations
Tuesday, Aug.1 Early Evening to Late Night
Wednesday, Aug. 2 Evening
Thursday, Aug. 3 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: [email protected]
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.