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NAS Whidbey identifies key summer dates no OLF flights will occur
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station officials have identified several key dates in support of community events this summer when there will be no scheduled Fleet Carrier Landing Practice operations at Outlying Field in Coupeville.
Base officials worked with Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard and Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson to look for key times during the summer when the Navy could plan not to use the OLF.
Weekends typically do not have scheduled flight operations for OLF Coupeville, and officials do not see a current reason to alter that practice, Navy officials said.
In addition to the weekend curtailment of Field Carrier Landing Practice at OLF Coupeville, the base is not planning to conduct operations for the following extended periods:
- Saturday, June 14 through Monday, June 16
- Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6 for the extended Independence Day weekend
- Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10 for Coupeville’s Arts and Crafts Festival
The base is also working with the Whidbey Island Radio Control Society to determine when it will conduct its annual Jets Over Whidbey event, which historically happens in the month of August. Once those dates are finalized the base will let the public know.
“If there are changes that would require operational use of OLF Coupeville during these dates, we will do everything we can to let people know what’s happening ahead of time," said Captain Mike Nortier, NAS Whidbey Island Commanding Officer. "Changes will get passed to local media organizations and posted on our NAS Whidbey Island Facebook page. That’s where people can find the most up-to-date information.”