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Navy Training Flights to Buzz Above IB Until August

The flights are part of a summer training program for potential Navy and Marine officers.

Imperial Beach and Coronado residents can expect some extra air traffic this summer as possible Navy officers train with the Navy and Marine Corps for the Career Orientation and Training, Midshipmen program.

As part of the four week program, midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and ROTC programs from more than 70 universities around the country come to Naval Base Coronado to experience a week with aviation, submarine, surface and sea forces.

The purpose of the program is to help potential officers make informed decisions about where they want to find themselves in the Navy.

"If they aren't sure if they want to go into naval aviation, and halfway through they decide they don't want to do that, then that wasn't a really good use of our training dollars," said Commander Bennet Goff, who oversees the program.

The same program, which began Memorial Day weekend and will continue through mid-August is also being held in Norfolk, VA.

Naval Base Coronado receives about 100 people a week for the program for the program. Attendees will spend a week at Camp Pendleton for the surface force portion of the program.

Midshipmen will fly with helicopters squadrons training at Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach and also get flights in the T-34, a Navy training aircraft.

"Part of the route does take them south to IB and out to East County provided the weather's good enough," Goff said.

Flights can also go north to Point Loma and the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Aviation week also means learning survival training, briefings on flight physiology and possible aviation career paths.

Any noise complaints can be directed to 619-545-8233. All other questions can be directed to the Naval Base Coronado Public Affairs Office at 619-545-8167.

Shorebird June 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Oh my gosh, Our Navy flying our planes over our free country , the United States of America....some days ya just know God loves ya..Thanks U.S.N. and all the rest of the Armed Forces. XO XO
G Beit-Ishoo June 27, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I'm all for practice practice practice, however, must they buzz over the pier and populated areas? Buzz the vast ocean, or the strand so old ailing folks who are trying to get a little cool air with the windows open, don't have to go nuts with the buzzing over and over and over for hours. Pleazzzzze.
Pat P June 27, 2012 at 05:50 AM
They are not flying the normal flight path. They are going over our homes in Seaside Point, and way too low, too. I don't mind helicopters, but it's much worse here lately.
Ed Sorrels June 29, 2012 at 07:58 PM
They are over head as I write this, I love the sound ! As a former Marine and Korean Vetran I can say without any embarassment that I love our Navy and Marine pilots and along with many more vetrans owe my life to them, The sweetest sound in the world is a plane coming in to help when the stuff is really in the fan, if you havent been there don't comment as you speak aboiut that which you don't know a damn thing, That my friends is the sound of our continueing freedom !
Dante Pamintuan July 01, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Ed. I'm a former Marine and live in Seaside Point. I also enjoy the sound of freedom BUT not at the expense of SAFETY. Lately, planes from small Lear C-12's to trainers and larger cargo jets like C-17's have been flying way too low below the 1000 feet FAA safety limits over populated areas in IB. I have notified the Navy but they always deny their actions. A few weeks ago a large C-17 flew low over IB and it was quite intimidating. Also, those Marine F-18's flying over IB on Sundays should stay out over Miramar. They do break up the peace on a quiet Imperial Beach Sunday. My point: SAFETY FIRST!

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