by Mike Welding 16th March 2018



NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. -There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field Monday, March 19, Tuesday, March 20 and Friday, March 23. Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations are scheduled at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., on Wednesday, March 21, 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.



Ault Field carrier operations

Day                                                      Time Frame

Monday, 19 Mar.                             Mid-Afternoon to Night

Tuesday, 20 Mar.                             Mid-Afternoon to Night

Friday, 23 Mar.                                 Mid to Late Morning



Coupeville carrier operations

Day                                                        Time Frame

Wednesday, 21 Mar.                      Evening to Night


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, 16th March 2018, 03:00pm.
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