by Mike Welding 10th August 2018



NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - There is a change to the aircraft carrier-based flight training operations, which are scheduled to occur at Ault Field the week of August 13-19, 2018.  Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations on Friday, August 17 are scheduled for Ault Field for the afternoon only, not mid-morning.  All other operations scheduled for Ault Field remain the same for that week. There are still no FCLP scheduled at Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash. during that week.


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




Ault Field carrier operations

Day                                         Time Frame

Tuesday, August 14                Night to Late Night/Early Morning

Wednesday, August 15           Night to Late Night/Early Morning

Thursday, August 16              Night to Late Night/Early Morning

Friday, August 17                   Mid-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, 10th August 2018, 04:00pm.
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