(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- Routine repairs to remove rubber and repaint runway markings at Ault Field are scheduled for two different dates this 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. Routinely, that choice is based on the prevailing wind direction at the time. When Ault Field is down to one air strip pilots will need to use a runway not aligned with the wind. In that case, the base will use the next best approach or departure runway.
Repairs on Runway 7/25 are scheduled May 31-June 6. 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 and departure that brings aircraft over eastern Oak Harbor and northern Camano Island.
Repairs on Runway 14/32 are scheduled for June 7-13. During this period, planes can only take off and land heading either Northeast or Southwest using Runway 7/25, and are more likely to use a landing approach and departure that brings them over the western Skagit County/Mount Vernon/La Conner area, northern Island County and Lopez Island more often than normal.
Scheduled maintenance dates may shift due to early completion or work stoppage due to weather.