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Expect night flying throughout the summer
June 5, 2013 · Updated 10:44 AM7 CommentsAs summer approaches, residents living in and around Whidbey Island Naval Air Station should anticipatean increase in late night jet noise due to pilots conducting nighttime operations training in preparation forcombat deployments around the world.Pilots must conduct nighttime training. These flights are dependent upon the allotment of availabledarkness during a given day.During the late fall, winter and early spring, these nighttime training flights typically end in the early or lateevening. As summer approaches, there are far fewer hours to conduct nighttime training operations,thereby extending the time these training flights can occur, according to base officials.During the summer months when the sun in the Pacific Northwest doesn’t set until 10 p.m., pilots mustroutinely conduct their training late in the day, often until midnight or early morning. The tempo of nighttime operations is driven by the student training curriculum and pre-deploymentsquadron flight qualifications. It can also fluctuate due to weather, maintenance and operationalrequirements. The Navy recognizes the importance of being good neighbors and makes every effort to balance theimpact on the communities that support the military with required training that ensures the safeperformance of the mission.Comments, including noise complaints can be directed to the new comment line at 360-257-6665, or via e-mail: comments.NASWI@navy.milAll other questions can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at 360-257-2286.
· Top Commenter ·Chapman University Yes they are loud, and yes they can be annoying (although I usually sleepthrough the nighttime noise), but the flights are nessecary and the Navy isbeing a good neighbor by letting us know ahead of time. So prepareyourselves the summer flight schedule is about to begin.Reply · ·Like ·Follow Post· Yesterday at 11:54am