Navy to conduct demonstration flights

Published 9:46 am Friday, October 22, 2010

This map shows the flight path the turboprop airplanes will fly during Wednesday's demonstrations.

FRANKLIN—The Navy will conduct two demonstration flights with E-2C Hawkeye aircraft Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Franklin Municipal Airport for residents to observe field carrier landing practice.

In the event of inclement weather, the flights would be rescheduled for the next day.

This map shows the Franklin portion of the flight path in more detail.

Two aircraft will launch from Chambers Field at Naval Station Norfolk at about noon and enter the pattern over Franklin Municipal Airport at about 12:30 p.m. Each aircraft will then simulate four “touch-and-go” landings, descending to about 10 feet without actually touching down because the airfield is not presently configured for field carrier landing practice.

The two aircraft will then repeat the four simulated practice landings approaching from the opposite direction. The Navy will repeat the same demonstration at the airfield at 6 p.m.

Isle of Wight County will be hosting an informational meeting for residents at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Isle of Wight/Franklin Skating Rink, county spokesman Don Robertson said.

“People who have questions about the demonstration or might have questions about what the Navy’s going to do can come to that informational meeting,” he said.

The Navy encourages residents to observe the flights from a location where they may have concerns about the operations, whether it is at home, a place of worship or a school. During the 12:30 p.m. demonstration, the Navy will have representatives to answer questions from the public at the airport, Southampton Memorial Hospital and the Isle of Wight/Franklin Skating Rink.

The Navy announced earlier this month it planned to negotiate with the city of Franklin to conduct field carrier landing practice operations at the airport for E-2 and C-2 aircraft based at Norfolk Naval Station.