UPDATED with June 20 change: Field Carrier Landing Practice at the NAS Whidbey June 16-22, 2019

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - 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

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

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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