South Dakota

Powder River Training Complex Exercise Scheduled For November 15 – 17, 2016

November 9, 2016

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – A large force exercise of military aircraft has been scheduled for Nov. 15-17 in the Powder River Training Complex.

This exercise is designed to train aircrew under realistic scenarios that support full spectrum operations against modern threats and replicate today’s combat operations.

During this period, people living under the PRTC can expect to see multiple types of aircraft utilizing the entire area. There is also potential for loud noises associated with sonic booms. Those living near Ellsworth AFB may see increased flightline activity between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day.

A map of the airspace is attached for reference and can be found on the Ellsworth AFB website at

As a reminder, non-military aircraft should thoroughly review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notices 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 online at and

This type of training is limited to 10 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 PRTC officially opened Sept. 17, 2015 upon its charting by the FAA, and military flying operations began Sept. 18, 2015. This will be the fourth LFE for the PRTC and this news release serves as the official public notification of the event.

The NOTAMs for the exercise, issued by the FAA 72 hours prior to its start, will act as the final official notice.

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