Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP)

During Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP), pilots perform repetitive “touch and go” landings at airfields, which simulate landing on an aircraft carrier. FCLP is required flight training that precedes carrier landing operations and simulates, as near as practicable, the conditions encountered during carrier landing operations. 

The skills required to complete carrier landings must be routinely practiced by pilots of all experience levels to maintain the requisite level of proficiency.

  • Night landing video An actual night time carrier landing, with informational cues.
  • FCLP video Field Carrier Landing Practice at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.



Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) Pattern

Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) Pattern