Act Requirements:

  • All persons operating a commercial air tour operation to apply to the FAA for authority to conduct such activity.

  • All persons intending to operate a commercial air tour operation to apply to the FAA for authority to conduct such activity.

  • The Act applies to any person who conducts a commercial air tour operation over a unit of the National Park System, over tribal lands that are within or abutting a unit of the National Park System, or any area within ½ mile outside a unit of the National Park System.

  • The Act specifically excludes the Grand Canyon National Park, tribal lands within or abutting Grand Canyon National Park, parks or tribal lands located in the state of Alaska, and flights conducted by a commercial air tour operator over or near the Lake Mead National Recreation Area solely as a transportation route to conduct an air tour over Grand Canyon National Park.

  • The Act expressly prohibits commercial air tour operations over the Rocky Mountain National Park, regardless of altitude.

  • FAA, in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), to develop an Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) for each unit of the National Park System or tribal land that does not have a plan in effect at the time a person applies for authority to conduct such an operation.

  • The ATMP will provide acceptable and effective measures to mitigate or prevent the significant adverse impacts, if any, of commercial air tour operations upon natural and cultural resources, visitor experiences, and tribal lands.


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