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:
- Badlands National Park
- Big Cypress National Preserve
- Death Valley National Park
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- Governors Island National Monument
- Haleakala National Park
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- Statue of Liberty National Monument
The agencies are now looking at some of the aforementioned parks as candidates for voluntary agreements. For Big Cypress National Preserve, the agencies completed a voluntary agreement in December 2015. 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
- National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 (PDF)
- Amendment Provisions to the Act Included in FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (PDF)
- Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 136 (PDF)
- Advisory Circular (PDF)
- 2017 Updated Annual Report – Air Tour Reporting (PDF)
- 2017 Annual Report – Air Tour Reporting (PDF)
- 2016 Annual Report – Air Tour Reporting (PDF)
- 2015 Annual Report – Air Tour Reporting (PDF)
- 2016 List of Exempt Parks – April 2018
- 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.