Wednesday is your chance

Published 11:01 am Saturday, October 23, 2010

For anyone concerned about what to expect should the Navy begin touch-and-go landings at Franklin Municipal Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 27, is an important opportunity.

The Navy plans 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. Nothing has been finalized.

The Navy on Wednesday will conduct two demonstration flights with E-2C Hawkeye aircraft at the airport for residents to observe field carrier landing practice.

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.

In addition, 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 skating rink.

It’s recommended residents observe flights from a location where they have concerns about the operations, whether it be at home, church or school.

The times of the demonstrations should make it possible for most to attend at least one. Also, having personnel on hand for the first demonstration is something to take advantage of for those with questions and concerns.

So don’t miss this chance.

In the event of inclement weather, the flights will be rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28. Wednesday’s forecast is calling for 83 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain. Sounds like a great day to get out and observe the demonstration.