The PRTC officially opened Sept. 17 upon its charting by the FAA, and military flying operations began Sept. 18.
Timeline of Events
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) proposed airspace expansion was completed Nov. 28, 2014, when the Air Force issued a notice of availability for the FEIS in the Federal Register. This released the FEIS for public viewing and review. The Air Force then had no less than 30 days after NOA was released to issue a Record of Decision on the proposed action. The Air Force issued its ROD Jan. 16, 2015, approving the proposed airspace, and this was the final action taken by the Air Force. Subsequently, the FAA issued its own Record of Decision March 24, 2015. Together, the two records represent the final step before publication of the charts and procedures that allowed military aviators to use the Powder River Training airspace.
Air Force Record of Decision
The Air Force issued its record of decision (ROD) Jan. 16. Click below to view the ROD and click here for more information and the announcement of this decision.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Air Force's PRTC proposal and has issued their record of decision on March 24, 2015. There are still important steps remaining before the Air Force can begin training within the expanded airspace. The FAA is in the process of incorporating PRTC into the electronic databases as well as paper and electronic charts and publications that make up the National Airspace System. Click below for the FAA's adoption of Environmental Impact Statement and ROD.
Community members that may be impacted by the PRTC can find general information on the complex in the following informational brochure. The document includes a map of the PRTC, scheduling and usage information, and contact information for questions or concerns. Please feel free to download and share with any interested parties. PRTC Informational Brochure
For inquiries contact:
28th BW Public Affairs
1958 Scott Dr., Ste. 4
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
Phone: 1 (605) 385-5056
Fax: 1 (605) 385-4668
Cultural and Historic Preservation Information
This section includes items that describe the undertaking, the area of potential effects, stakeholders and interested parties, potential effects, and results of consultations. Also in this section are items that describe Air Force efforts to identify and consult with affiliated federally recognized tribes concerning historic, traditional, cultural, and religious places and resources in the PRTC region of influence.
Click here to view the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106, and Tribal Consultation Documentation.