What's New With the Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Program
September 5, 2018
In an August 13, 2018 Federal Register notice, the FAA and NPS provided a notice of an upcoming meeting of the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG). The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Henderson, NV on September 18. More details on the meeting are provided in the notice.
In a July 31, 2018 Federal Register notice, the FAA and NPS announced the selection of one individual to represent air tour operator interests on the National Parks Oversight Advisory Group (NPOAG). The notice also identified current and future openings representing commercial air tour operator interests, general aviation interests, and Native American concerns. Individuals interested in these openings should apply by September 14, 2018, additional details are provided in the notice.
In an April 10, 2018 Federal Register notice, the FAA and NPS published the list of exempt parks for 2016. This list identifies parks which had 50 or few annual air tour operations and therefore, are exempt from the requirements of needing to prepare an air tour management plan or a voluntary agreement.
The FAA and the NPS announce the availability of draft commercial air tour voluntary agreements for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument. These agreements will guide how the FAA and NPS manage commercial air tours flown over these two park units. They are available for an approximate 45-day public review beginning December 13, 2017, and ending January 26, 2018. Copies of the draft agreements are available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/AirTourAgreement. Those wishing to comment may submit comments online or by mail to Superintendent, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, P.O. Box 1507, Page Arizona 86040.
In an October 31, 2017 notice, the FAA and NPS announced one current and one future opening on the NPOAG. These openings are for a current seat representing commercial air tour operator interests and an upcoming opening to represent Native American concerns. Individuals interested in these openings should apply by December 8, 2017, additional details are provided in the notice.