Non-commercial general aviation flights will not be affected by an FAA final rule that implements the National Parks Air Tour Management Plan of 2000. The rule spells out the definition of "commercial air tour operation" and applies only to those operators fitting the definition and operating below 5,000 feet above ground level over national parks. It goes into effect on January 23, 2003.
"AOPA is pleased that the plan has no direct impact on general aviation overflights," said Andy Cebula, senior vice president of government and technical affairs.
The FAA continues to differentiate non-commercial overflight activity from air tour operations over the parks. AOPA will continue to ensure general aviation access to these national treasures will be preserved through our participation on the National Park Overflight Advisory Group that meets to provide advice and counsel on overflight issues.