NAS PAX RIVER – Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights on December 30, 2019, and January 3, 4, and 5, 2020

December 22, 2019

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place December 30, 2019, and January 3 to January 5, 2020 between the hours of 7:15 a.m., to 7:00 p.m.

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, “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 perhaps the most difficult task in military aviation. 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, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the Pax River toll-free Noise Hotline at 1-866-819-9028. V/r,


One Response to NAS PAX RIVER – Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights on December 30, 2019, and January 3, 4, and 5, 2020

  1. GoodBlessAmerica on December 24, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Jet Engines, “The sounds of Freedom!”