Bob Bogash <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> I haven't been there long enough to get tired of the aircraft noise yet,
>>> although some of the locals are. It's still cool when a P-3 or EA-6B flies
>>> by low enough to see the pilot. My Dad was career Navy; I spent some time on
>>> three different aircraft carriers in my service years in the Navy, and
>>> whenever I have a chance to see the Blue Angels, I go. I'm told that they
>>> will be phasing in a new F-18 variant for the ECM mission, so we'll see (and
>>> hear, and feel) fewer EA-6Bs and more F-18's in the future. Cool!
>haven't been there long enough to get tired of the aircraft noise
>yet,........... You WILL be!!!
>I've been an airplane guy my whole life, Dick, and live 10 NM south of
>the Whidbey training strip (at Pt. No Pt.) (also on high bank with its
>benefits.) I've previously posted on the value of the high bank vis a
>vis antenna height. I used to think the EA-6Bs were noisy - until the
>F-18G Growlers showed up. They do nite training at the remote strip
>(Coupeville) from 2100-2400 local and, despite being 10 miles away, they
>kept everyone up at nite when they started entering service last summer.
> I never heard the Prowlers at this location.
>Hope you got a good deal on that property, and remember their billboard
>"The Sound of Freedom." You'll need that understanding in the days to
>come, when all those Prowlers convert to Growlers (Screamers would be a
>It's not clear from all the chatter on this reflector that military
>airports don't have different requirements than civil airports. For
>sure - as you've already stated (cool to look a P-3 pilot in the eyes!)
>military flying involves a lot of low altitude work in the VICINITY of
>the the airport that is not seen (or allowed) at civil airfields. The
>aero chart for the Whidbey NAS, for example, shows a number of MOAs
>(Military Operational Areas) in the vicinity.
>My knowledge base runs out in this area - specifically as to whether the
>FAA has the sole (or ANY) jurisdiction with regard to military airfields
>and the NAS. The FAA documentation all refers to a "Public Use Airport."
> NAS Whidbey is NOT a Public Use Airport. You might want to run the
>trapline at the NAS as well.
>For 'what-it's-worth', it's not clear with your site location, that
>you'll need a very tall tower. My HFTA analysis at my high bluff site
>shows basically a foot-for-foot benefit for my height above SL and
>allows a low tower to appear to be a tall one.
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