What's New With the Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Program Updated on June 20, 2014
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.
In a Federal Register notice (PDF) published on March 14, 2014, the FAA and NPS published the annual list of exempt parks. These are parks, with 50 or fewer annual operations that are exempt from the requirements of NPATMA. This list was based on the combined interim operating authority from all operators at these parks, since the full year of new air tour reporting data has not been fully analyzed yet. This list contains the same parks as those identified on the first annual list that was published in December 2012. The FAA and NPS will publish a revised list of exempt parks based on reporting information for the 2013 calendar year when that data has been analyzed.