Air Force Approves Expanded Training Airspace


by James Nord, Rapid City Journal  

The Air Force has approved a proposal to establish an enormous bomber training area over the Northern Plains, South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune's office said Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration will now examine the plan to expand the Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. If the FAA approves the proposal it would quadruple the training airspace, making it the largest over the continental United States.

The Air Force has provided no information on costs associated with the expansion, including potential damages.

Montana elected leaders and state aviation officials say the bombers would disrupt rural communities and scare livestock as they roar overhead on maneuvers, dropping flares and chaff. North Dakota U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in January urged the Air Force to consider the expansion's impact on civilian aircraft, businesses and medical facilities.

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Source:  Rapid City Journal

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