Patuxent Naval Air Station sets noise advisory

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD - Local residents living in the communities surrounding the Patuxent River Naval Air Station are to be advised of noise-generating testing events to be held next week. The tests will begin on Monday, Oct. 17 and run until Friday, Oct. 21, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Pilots at Patuxent River Naval Air Station will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers, “bounces”. Airspeed, altitude and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is critical for Navy pilots to learn to safely conduct landing patterns in as realistic conditions as possible, which includes night time operations. Night FCLPs simulate landing on an aircraft carrier at night when sufficient darkness is necessary. It is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense period of training before pilots deploy.

Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations. As with all operations, Patuxent River Naval Air Station takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information, call (866) 819-9028.

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