PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place April 27- 28,
2017 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon.
Pilots at NAS PAX 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, called “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 essential for the precision and safety of our
military men and women and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is a
complex skill, and requires intense periods of training. Residents may notice increased noise levels
due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.