by Mike Welding 22nd June 2018



NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., June 25 thru June 29, 2018. 


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 closes due to weather, 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

Tuesday, June 26                              Early Afternoon

Wednesday, June 27                         Early Afternoon then Night to Late Night

Thursday, June 28                            Early Afternoon then Night to Late Night

Friday, June 29                                  Early Afternoon



Ault Field carrier operations

Day                                                    Time Frame

Monday, June 25                              Mid-Afternoon to Late Night

Tuesday, June 26                              Late Morning to Early Afternoon



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:


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.





Posted by WhidbeyLocal
Friday, 22nd June 2018, 07:00pm.
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