Daines: FAA Decision on Powder River Training Complex is Disappointing, but Fight to Ensure Regional Safety Continues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to approve the proposed expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, but reaffirmed his commitment to working with the FAA and Air Force to protect general aviation safety and economic activity in the region.

The FAA today announced that it has approved and signed the Record of Decision for the Air Force’s proposed Powder River Training Complex.  The designated airspace will become effective on September 17, 2015.

“It’s disappointing that the FAA has approved this expansion without addressing Montanans numerous concerns about the proposal’s impact on safety, emergency services and economic activity,” Daines stated. “I will continue working to secure the radar capabilities needed to protect aviation safety in southeastern Montana and will diligently monitor implementation of the expansion to ensure it does not have adverse effects on Montanans’ safety and the region’s economy.”