Program Schedule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed the final phase of the rule making action required to implement the Act. The final rule (Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 136) has been published in the Federal Register and is available below.

There are approximately 385 units of the National Park System in the United States. Out of the 385 units, FAA has received applications for operating authority for commercial air tours over 106 park units.

The FAA and the NPS agreed to initiate the development of Air Tour Management Plans (ATMPs) at the following parks:

The agencies are now looking at some of the aforementioned parks as candidates for voluntary agreements. Also, Petrified Forest National Park has been listed as an exempt park and the ATMP process has been terminated. For information on the park specific schedule, navigate to the desired park through "National Park Specific Air Tour Management Plans" page.

ATMP Program Documentation

  1. National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 (PDF)
  2. Amendment Provisions to the Act Included in FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (PDF)
  3. Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 136 (PDF)
  4. Advisory Circular (PDF)
  5. Contact Keith Lusk at Keith.Lusk@faa.gov if you need assistance with this file.List of Exempt Parks - December 2012 (PDF)
  6. Contact Keith Lusk at Keith.Lusk@faa.gov if you need assistance with this file.List of Exempt Parks - March 2014 (PDF)
  7. Contact Keith Lusk at Keith.Lusk@faa.gov if you need assistance with this file.2013 Annual Report - Air Tour Reporting (PDF)

Air Tour Reporting Requirements

The following template must be used to report quarterly air tour operations to the FAA and NPS. The reports must be transmitted to the FAA and NPS within 30 days after the end of the quarterly reporting period.   The guidance memo provides additional information on how to fill and submit these reports.