NPS, FAA Develop Framework For Air Tour Management Plans

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“Sprawling across across 244,000 acres of prairie, canyons, buttes, and wondrous multi-colored geologic formations, Badlands National Park in South Dakota can be hard to fully grasp and navigate if you’re on foot or even in a vehicle. That’s where taking a flight over the park can show one the majesty of the landscape.

But those overflights can be irritating to those on the ground.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which has sued the two government agencies to come to terms on managing overflights, on Tuesday will announce what Pflaum already knew: that the FAA is implementing the judge’s directive and has announced the schedule for developing air tour management plans for 23 national parks that are all to be finalized in 2022 (see attached).”

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