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Final Reminder: August 8 2017 - Comments to Department of ecology

FINAL REMINDER: Comments are due to the Department of Ecology by August 8th. Email them to: ecyrefedpermits@ecy.wa.gov.

Public comments are most useful if they address issues of air quality, water quality and integrity of the coast/shoreline (this includes wildlife and recreation).

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is conducing a federal permit consistency review on the Navy’s proposal to expand E/A-18G Growler operations at the NAS Whidbey Island (NASWI) Complex, which as you know, involves a 6-fold increase in operations at Outlying Field (OLF) Coupeville. (continue reading…)

Letter to Editor: Growlers no Boon to Whidbey

This letter was sent to the South Whidbey Record, and since we don’t hear so often from the folks in the south of the island, we thought we’d share his excellent points.

 


Editor,

Clinton man Steve Gutzmer wrote in a recent letter to the editor that the projected Navy influx to Whidbey is a boon. From his quiet armchair, drinking clean water, the patriotic concept of Navy fighters training on Whidbey sounds uplifting. I live in quiet Langley. Several of my friends in and around Coupeville live right under the Growler-buzzsaw flightpaths and it ain’t pretty.

Quiet-dwelling Gutzmer: “The Growler is much quieter than the Prowler.” Simply wrong. Even the Navy insists they are equal, yet downplays their huge “sound spectrum” difference. Reputable Wiley Labs asserts Growler “low frequency sound pressure levels” dwarf that of Prowlers. Translated: they “rumble your insides” (your house too). Many Coupevillians signed early mortgages, tolerated the Prowlers, but find Growlers a whole new animal. Sure, a jackhammer-volumed jet roar (100+ dB) at 200-400 feet over your roof loses its thrill 40-80 times a day, three times a week, nights included. Then it’s PTSD hell. (The Navy wants 100/day, four-plus days/week!) Frazzled, anxious, and sleepless with heart, blood pressure, and organ issues, their animals act weird, their children cower in adult laps, hands on ears. Not a “boon.”

Gutzmer: “then simply move.” There’s no “simply.” Flight-lane property values spiral downward; other properties (yours Mr. Gutzmer?) are dramatically up. Sell at a loss and move? Try it! Some are worse off; wells recently testing high in cancerous PFOS (fire foam) chemicals leached from a polluted well at Outlying Field Coupeville.

Gutzmer: “the Navy brings more students; increases tax base.” Reality: crowded Oak Harbor School District now has huge yearly deficits as military families on government land, buying at the commissary, pay miniscule local taxes. The Navy skimps on paying “compensation” to Oak Harbor. Navy “immigrants” use our infrastructure and public services supported by our taxes. Now Navy personnel crowding is already raising rents over much of the island.

Am I “Navy, go away?” No. “Be a better neighbor?” Yes. “Training flights elsewhere?” Yes. Suitable alternatives on vast Washington, California and Nevada Navy-owned lands are already used for overflow flights. The Navy knows it’s inserting a humongous training foot into a petite Whidbey shoe, at citizens’ expense. The very real risk factors for a catastrophic crash, don’t get me started on all the factors! Unsolved cockpit oxygen issues still haunt. Twenty-two Growlers and F-18E/F cousins have already crashed elsewhere. No boon, sir!

MARK WAHL

Langley

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Flight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville the Week of Aug. 23-29, 2015

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Sunday, August 23 to Saturday, August 29, 2015.

imageFlight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville the Week of Aug. 16-22, 2015

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Sunday, August 16 to Saturday, August 22, 2015.

hornet550x281Runway Closures at Ault Field

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — Routine repairs to complete required maintenance on Runway 7/25 at Ault Field are scheduled from mid-August to mid-September 2015.

While runways 7/25 are closed aircraft will be taking off and land using the remaining runways (Runway 14/32) heading either Northwest or Southeast. This takeoff and landing approach will result in increased activity over eastern Oak Harbor, northern Camano Island, Anacortes, La Conner and Lopez Island.

COER at HearingFlight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville the Week of Aug. 9-15, 2015

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Sunday, August 9 to Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Coupeville WaterfrontFlight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville the Week of Aug. 2-8, 2015

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Sunday, August 2 to Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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Flight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville the Week of July 26 to Aug. 1, 2015

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Sunday, July 26 to Saturday, August 1, 2015.

imageFlight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville the Week of July 19-25, 2015

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. –Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., late at night and briefly after midnight Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Due to late sunset during summer months, night FCLP training extends into late evening hours.

Flight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville the Week of July 12 – 18, 2015

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NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. –Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-16, 2015.

On Wednesday, July 15, FCLP training at OLF Coupeville is scheduled mid to late afternoon. On Thursday, July 16, FCLP training at OLF Coupeville is scheduled late at night.