Powder River Training Complex exercise scheduled

   Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD – A large force exercise military aircraft has been scheduled for June 7-9 in the Powder River Training Complex.

   During this period, people living under the following PRTC military operations areas can expect to see multiple types of aircraft utilizing the areas simultaneously: Powder River One, Powder River Two, Powder River Three, Powder River Four, Gaps A, B and C.

   There is also potential for loud noises associated with sonic booms. All B-1 supersonic activities will occur above 20,000 feet MSL and all transient fighter supersonic activity will occur above 10,000 feet AGL. People living under the following PRTC military operations areas can expect to be affected: Powder River Two, Powder River Three, Gap B.

   A map of the airspace is available for reference on the Ellsworth AFB website at:


   As a reminder, non-military aircraft should thoroughly review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notice to Airmen, or NOTAMs, and review flight plans to avoid these areas and altitudes where aircraft will be participating. This can be done by calling 1-800-WXBRIEF, or visiting online at: sua.faa.gov/ and:


   This exercise is designed to train aircrew under realistic scenarios that support full spectrum operations against modern threats and replicate today’s contingency operations. This type of training is limited to ten days each year, with each exercise lasting no more than three days. These events will only occur once each three-month period, as separated into January through March, April through June, July through September, and October through December.

   The new PRTC officially opened Sept. 17, 2015, upon its charting by the FAA, and military flying operations began Sept. 18, 2015.