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Commercial Air Tour Voluntary Agreements Available for Review

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Date: March 25, 2014
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) announce the availability of two draft voluntary agreements for commercial air tour operations at Big Cypress National Preserve.

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 allows the FAA and NPS to enter into a voluntary agreement with a commercial air tour operator as an alternative to an Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP). A voluntary agreement manages commercial air tour operations over the national park unit and addresses management issues necessary to protect the resources and visitor use of the park without compromising aviation safety or the air traffic control system. The FAA and NPS have decided to pursue voluntary agreements, as an alternative to an ATMP, at the Preserve.

The voluntary agreements establish conditions for the conduct of air tours over the Preserve. These conditions include routes and altitudes, number of operations, type of aircraft, hours of operations, and reporting requirements. Copies of the draft voluntary agreements are available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=51773. Those wishing to comment may submit comments online or by mail to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141-1000. Please submit comments by 4/25/2014. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

If you have questions, please contact Vicki Ward, Overflights Program Manager, National Park Service 970-267-2117 or Keith Lusk, Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration 310-725-3808.   

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.