What's New With the Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Program Updated on April, 2014
The FAA and NPS issued draft voluntary agreements for one existing (PDF) and one new entrant (PDF) air tour operator to conduct air tours over Big Cypress National Preserve, FL. In accordance with NPATMA, as amended, the agencies were providing the public an opportunity to review these documents. These documents, and information on providing comments are available on the following NPS website - http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=51773.
In a Federal Register notice (PDF) published on April 3, 2014, the FAA and NPS announced one existing and one upcoming membership on the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG) to represent environmental concerns. Interested members of the public were to apply by May 15, 2014. Information as to how to apply was contained in the notice.
In a Federal Register notice (PDF) published on March 14, 2014, the FAA and NPS published the annual list of exempt parks. These are parks, with 50 or fewer annual operations that are exempt from the requirements of NPATMA. This list was based on the combined interim operating authority from all operators at these parks, since the full year of new air tour reporting data has not been fully analyzed yet. This list contains the same parks as those identified on the first annual list that was published in December 2012. The FAA and NPS will publish a revised list of exempt parks based on reporting information for the 2013 calendar year when that data has been analyzed.
In a Federal Register notice (PDF) published on September 10, 2013, the FAA and NPS announced they had selected Matt Zuccaro to fill an open seat on the NPOAG for air tour industry concerns. Mr. Zuccaro's term will be 3 years.
The following provides call in information for the September 19, 2013 National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) meeting that will be conducted as a telcon. The NPOAG meeting will occur on September 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon Pacific time. The public can listen to the proceedings by dialing toll free at (888) 335-6670, and then entering 206536 followed by the "#" sign when prompted for the passcode.