Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Changes at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 25-31, 2019

by Mike Welding 22nd March 2019

(Youtube Video above)


NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - There are several changes to the aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field

(OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of March 25-31, 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 closes 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

Day                                         Time Frame

Monday, 25 March                          Late Evening to Night

Tuesday, 26 March                          Late Afternoon to Late Night

Wednesday, 27 March                   Late Afternoon to Late Night

Thursday, 28 March                        Late Afternoon to Late Night

Friday, 29 March                              Morning to Late Afternoon         



Ault Field carrier operations

Day                                         Time Frame

Monday, 25 March                          Early to Late Afternoon, then Late Evening

to Night

Tuesday, 26 March                          Night

Wednesday, 27 March                   Late Afternoon to Late Evening

Thursday, 28 March                        Night

Friday, 29 March                              Mid-Morning to Early Afternoon


The FCLP and other carrier-based training tempos are driven by operational training requirements, and may fluctuate due to weather and maintenance.


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, includingnoise 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.





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