The FAA is working diligently in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) to implement the National Park Air Tour Management Act of 2000, which was signed into law on April 5, 2000. The regulations codifying the National Parks Air Tour Management Act (NPATMA) of 2000 can be found in Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 136 (PDF) (hereafter Part 136).

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What's New With the Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Program Updated on April 26, 2016

In an April 26, 2016 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced the selection of an individual to fill an upcoming open seat on the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG). To fill the seat representing commercial air tour operator interests, incumbent Mark Francis was selected for another 3 year term. His new term begins on May 20, 2016. In addition, the notice indicates the agencies are also soliciting interest from individuals who would want to represent environmental concerns in another upcoming opening. Individuals interested in this opening should apply by June 10, 2016, additional details are provided in the notice.

In a March 4, 2016 Federal Register notice, the FAA and NPS announced a meeting of the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG). The NPOAG is an advisory group that provides guidance to the agencies on air tour issues over national parks. The meeting will be held at Biscayne National Park on April 13, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. More details are provided in the Federal Register notice.

In a January 6, 2016 Federal Register notice, the FAA and NPS announced two upcoming openings on the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG). The notice lists upcoming openings for persons interested in representing air tour operator interests and environmental interests. The deadline to express interest in these openings is February 12, 2016, and more details are provided in the notice.

In a November 9, 2015 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced the selection of an individual to fill a current opening on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). Selected for a 3-year term was a previous member, Martin Begaye. Mr. Begaye will be representing Native American concerns on the NPOAG and his 3 year term began on November 9, 2015.