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Runway repairs change Navy flight paths
Routine repairs to remove rubber, repaint runway markings and upgrade lighting at Ault Field began in June and will continue through the end of the 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 14/32 will be completed by July 30. Until then, planes using runway 7/25 can only take off and land heading either northeast or southwest. This means that landing approaches and departures will be over the western Skagit County/Mount Vernon/La Conner area, northern Island County and Lopez Island more often than normal.
Repairs on Runway 7/25 begin August 1 and should be done by Sept. 30. 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 that brings aircraft over eastern Oak Harbor and northern Camano Island.