Stories

Stories are an opportunity to show how important aviation is to the national parks. From search and rescue to wildland fire support to wildlife management and more, aviation has a place.

Air Rangers: The Wild Flights of Park Service Pilots

Alaska‚??s Denali National Park and Preserve fills the windows of an AStar B3 helicopter en route to base camp.

May 2012 article from Air & Space Magazine about the wide variety of missions flown by NPS pilots.

Students Contemplate Future Fire Careers in the National Park Service

Students listen as firefighter speaks about careers.

Everglades staff participated in the Waterstone Charter School’s Career Week.

NPS Aviation Supports EPA Research in South Florida

Helicopter takes off.

Parks implement helicopter safety training and flights to support EPA research

Grand Canyon Helitack Assists with Injury Extraction

Woman stands in front of helicopter.

Grand Canyon Helitack Assists with Injury Extraction

Yosemite National Park

A person in flight suit and helmet rappells out of a helicopter while a spotter looks down at the rappeller.

Helicopter Rappel Program Gets New Start

Gateway National Recreation Area

Visitors view exhibits in restored visitor center

Golden Age of Aviation at the Forefront in Renovated Visitor Center

Big Cypress National Preserve

Students in lifejackets stand in a pool

Park Hosts Water Ditching And Survival Course

Yellowstone National Park

Rescuer and victim in litter near cliff face

Specialized Helicopter Rescue Skills Prove Valuable

Grand Teton National Park

Rescuer and victim in litter hanging above forest

Providing for Firefighter Safety through Interagency Aviation Success

White Sands National Monument

defensive firefighter training with live fire

Two lost hikers rescued through interagency search and rescue.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

helicopter in the bright blue sky

Aviation Support for “Reach the Peak” Project

Officer Receives DOI Honors

dofficer with an award

Interagency Aviation Officer Receives DOI Honors

Mammoth Cave National Park

defensive firefighter training with live fire

Staff Flies with Kentucky State Police in Search of Marijuana.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon Nat'l Parks

group photo of current and past heiltack crews in front of a blue helicopter

Parks Celebrate 50 Safe Years of Helitack