Park Service adopts GA provisions in Denali plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has incorporated AOPA's input into a backcountry management plan for Denali National Park and Preserve, addressing important safety and access issues for general aviation. The recently adopted plan continues to allow non-commercial GA landings in the Old Park, but the NPS plans to start a voluntary registration program. Additionally, on the public safety front, AOPA asked for an expansion of the landing "portal" concept, where busy areas such as glacier landing zones are identified for pilots. While the NPS didn't think traffic levels warranted portals at other backcountry landing areas, the government is currently doing an inventory and will consider charting them in the future. There also will be an overflights working group, which will include GA organizations as participants. And, at AOPA's request, the NPS said that aviation "could" be included in its wilderness education program.
March 24, 2006