Death Valley National Park, CA

The Death Valley (DEVA) ATMP is currently under preparation. The FAA and NPS expect to release a Draft ATMP for public review and comment in the fall of 2012. At that point, the FAA will also hold a public meeting during the comment period. Additionally, the FAA and NPS are preparing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance document; the agencies are considering the use of a Categorical Exclusion.

Prior to this year, the DEVA ATMP was being prepared using an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) process. The purpose of using the ARC process was to provide early advice, information, and recommendations from interested stakeholders to the FAA and NPS, regarding environmental and other issues to consider in the development of an ATMP. The DEVA ARC was composed of various representatives including air tour operators, federal, local and regional agencies, environmental organizations, local businesses, and the Timbisha Shoshone tribe. It was chaired by the Superintendent of DEVA. After obtaining ARC input on ATMP alternatives and general issues surrounding commercial air tour operations at Death Valley, the ARC charter was not renewed in November 2010.

Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Meeting was held in June 2009

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Scoping Information for ATMP at Death Valley - Scoping for the DEVA ATMP project was held in early 2010.

  • Public Scoping Packet
  • Federal Register Notice of Intent, January 19, 2010
  • Federal Register Supplemental Notice of Intent, February 4, 2010
  • For more information on this park, please visit the following NPS web sites:

    Death Valley National Park

    Death Valley ATMP Process