BELLE CHASSE, La. -- From the runway it's an exciting sight, an F-18 Hornet soaring into the sky.
This is part of a series of training exercises at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse.
"Really the hardest thing a Navy pilot does is land on an aircraft carrier," said Commander Brian Hennessy.
Twenty two naval reserve pilots are training to do just that, but it's been more than just a little loud for people living in their landing pattern.
"Very loud," said Gretna resident David Walker. "It's so close to where you can't just sit there and do nothing."
Walker said he's glad he's off this week, because he normally has to go to bed at 8:30 p.m. for his job. The training exercises have been lasting until 10:30 p.m.
"It's nerve wracking because my wife, sometimes she's asleep and she has to get up and go to work as well and she says, let's just wait until 10:30 (p.m.)," he said.
"We've tried to mitigate the noise when we're practicing a little bit at night, so we're raising our pattern a little bit," Hennessy said.
Hennessy said they have to have a certain number of practice "bounces," as they call them, take offs and landings on the ground before they can head to Virginia to train on an air craft carrier.
And they have to do some of them at night.
"In a sequestered year, we're saving the navy about $200,000, probably more being able do them here," Hennessy said.
And while residents appreciate the job that the pilots do, they say they'll be happy when it's over.
"I feel for the people living under the landing pattern over there, especially Stonebridge," Walker said.
The good news is the end is in sight, about a week and a half from now on Sept. 13.