What's New With the Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Program Updated on January 5, 2015
In a December 24, 2014 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced a number of current and upcoming openings on the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG). The notice listed two current open seats for persons interested in representing environmental concerns and one upcoming opening for a person interested in representing tribal concerns. The deadline to express interest in these openings is January 30, 2015, more details are provided in the notice.
In a June 20, 2014 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced the next meeting of the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG). The NPOAG meeting will be held on July 22-23, 2014 in Fort Collins, CO. Information on the location, time, and meeting agenda are provided in the Federal Register notice. This meeting will be open to the public.
In a June 9, 2014 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced the selection for an upcoming open seat on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG). Selected for another 3-term was current member Dick Hingson, representing environmental concerns. No selection was made on another current open seat on the NPOAG for a member representing environmental concerns.
The FAA and NPS have compiled summary data from the new air tour reporting requirements that were implemented in January 2013. The summary table (PDF) provides a list of the number of air tour operations by park unit, that were reported by air tour operators during calendar year 2013.
The FAA and NPS issued draft voluntary agreements for one existing (PDF) and one new entrant (PDF) air tour operator to conduct air tours over Big Cypress National Preserve, FL. In accordance with NPATMA, as amended, the agencies were providing the public an opportunity to review these documents. These documents, and information on providing comments are available on the following NPS website - http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=51773.
In a Federal Register notice (PDF) published on April 3, 2014, the FAA and NPS announced one existing and one upcoming membership on the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG) to represent environmental concerns. Interested members of the public were to apply by May 15, 2014. Information as to how to apply was contained in the notice.