Montana Department of Transportation

Aviation in Montana

Powder River MOA


ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Combat Raider, a military exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin Oct. 16 in parts of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) and will conclude Oct. 18, 2017.

Combat Raider provides joint and coalition training under realistic scenarios that support full spectrum operations against modern threats and replicate today’s combat operations. 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 bomber supersonic activities will occur more than 20,000 feet above mean sea level and all transient fighter supersonic activity will occur more than 10,000 feet above ground level. People living under Powder River Two, Powder River Three, and Gap B should expect to be affected, however, sonic boom activity is possible throughout the entire PRTC.
A map of the airspace is available for reference on the Ellsworth AFB website.

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.

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