The FAA is working diligently in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) to implement the National Park Air Tour Management Act of 2000, which was signed into law on April 5, 2000. The regulations codifying the National Parks Air Tour Management Act (NPATMA) of 2000 can be found in Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 136 (PDF) (hereafter Part 136).

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What's New With the Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Program Updated on July 15, 2015

In a July 15, 2015 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced the selection of two people to fill upcoming open seats on the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG). To fill a seat representing general aviation, Melissa Rudinger was selected and to fill an upcoming opening to represent air tour operator interests, incumbent Alan Stephen was selected for another term. These are 3 year terms that begin on October 10, 2015.

The FAA and NPS have made available for public review two draft voluntary agreements developed between the agencies and two separate operators to conduct commercial air tours over Biscayne National Park, FL. The documents can also be viewed, and comments submitted (between July 1 and July 31, 2015), through the NPS’ Public, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website.

In an April 17, 2015 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced a number of upcoming openings on the National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG). The notice lists upcoming openings for persons interested in representing tribal concerns, air tour operator interests, and general aviation interests. The deadline to express interest in these openings is May 29, 2015, and more details are provided in the notice.

In a February 23, 2015 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced the selection of new members to the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG). Selected to 3 year terms were Nicholas Miller and Mark Belles representing environmental concerns. Their 3 year terms start today. Also selected for an upcoming opening was Leigh Kuwanwisiwma. His 3 year term starts on April 3, 2015 and he will be representing Native American concerns.

In a February 2, 2015 Federal Register notice (PDF), the FAA and NPS announced the next meeting of the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG). The NPOAG meeting will be held on March 5, 2015 in Orlando, FL. Information on the location, time, and meeting agenda are provided in the Federal Register notice. This meeting will be open to the public.