Aircraft density around Mount McKinley can be quite high during the summer months. Air tour operators fly out of Anchorage, Talkeetna, Fairbanks, and the McKinley Park areas. For position reporting, this mountain environment has been divided into two "zones," one north and the other south of the crest of the Alaska Range.
The Denali Aircraft Overflights Advisory Council is developing voluntary measures for assuring the safety of passengers, pilots, and mountaineers and for achieving desired future resource conditions at Denali as outlined in the 2006 Backcountry Management Plan.
Resources for Flight Planning around Denali
Resources for Flight Planning around Fairbanks
Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.