NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - There are no aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field or the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Oak Harbor and Coupeville, Wash., respectively the week of August 10th thru 16th, 2020.
The Navyís 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. 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. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules.
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. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules. Ault Field will be used as a backup field for scheduled flights at OLF Coupeville if cancellations become necessary.
Comments, including noise complaints can be directed to NAS Whidbey Islandís comment line at (360) 257-6665, or via E-Mail: Comments - NASWI PAO
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.
For additional information or questions contact the NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office
Mike Welding - Public Affairs Officer
Or Thomas Mills - Public Affairs Deputy
3730 N Charles Porter Ave.
Oak Harbor, Wash., 98278
(360) 257-2286 or FAX (360) 257-3972
U.S. Air Force KC-135R "Stratotanker" from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron perform a combat aerial refueling of a U.S. Navy EA-18G 'Growler' from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington over Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on August 20, 2015. OIR is currently conducting combat operations against Da'esh. Click here for a high definition version and click here to view the video.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch)