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 January 6, 2016

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.

In a July 15, 2015 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced the selection of two people to fill upcoming open seats on the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG). To fill a seat representing general aviation, Melissa Rudinger was selected and to fill an upcoming opening to represent air tour operator interests, incumbent Alan Stephen was selected for another term. These are 3 year terms that begin on October 10, 2015.