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Navy announces plans for runway maintenance

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, News release — Routine repairs to remove rubber and repaint runway markings at Ault Field are scheduled for three different dates this summer.

Under single runway operating conditions, the air station is limited to the choice of only two directions for take-off and landing rather than the usual four. That choice is based on the prevailing wind direction at the time.

Repairs on Runway 7/25 are scheduled June 22-July 1. During that time planes can only take off and land heading either northwest or southeast using Runway 14/32, and are more likely to use a landing approach and departure that brings aircraft over eastern Oak Harbor and northern Camano Island.

Repairs on Runway 14/32 are scheduled for July 2-8. During this period, planes can only take off and land heading either northeast or southwest using Runway 7/25, and are more likely to use a landing approach and departure that brings them over the western Skagit County/Mount Vernon/La Conner area, northern Island County and Lopez Island more often than normal.

Additionally, from August 5 through September 20, Runway 14/32 will be closed for the installation of a new arresting-gear system. During this period, planes can only take off and land heading either northeast or southwest using Runway 7/25, and are more likely to use a landing approach and departure that brings them over the western Skagit County/Mount Vernon/La Conner area, northern Island County and Lopez Island.

Scheduled maintenance dates may shift due to early completion or work stoppage due to weather.

As a reminder, NAS Whidbey Island established a new comment line and email address where community members can express their thoughts, concerns, and issues.  The new phone number for this service, including noise complaints or concerns, is (360) 257-6665.

Alternatively you may email your comments to “comments.NASWI@navy.mil”.

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