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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Air Tour Management Plan

What is an Air Tour Management Plan?

In response to a growing number of air tours over national parks across the country, Congress passed the National Parks Air Tour Management Act (NPATMA) of 2000 which directs the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service to cooperatively develop Air Tour Management Plans (ATMPs). Under NPATMA, an ATMP needs to be established "for any national park or tribal land for which such a plan is not in effect whenever a person applies for authority to conduct a commercial air tour operation over the park." The objective of this plan as defined by NPATMA, "shall be to develop acceptable and effective measures to mitigate or prevent the significant adverse impacts, if any, of commercial air tour operations upon the natural and cultural resources, visitor experiences, and tribal lands." Commercial air tour operations are defined as any flight conducted for compensation or hire in a powered aircraft, where a purpose of the flight is sightseeing over a national park, within ½-mile outside the boundary of any national park, or over tribal lands during which the aircraft flies below 5,000 feet above ground level (AGL).

A newsletter has been developed to share our progress on this project over the past several years and encourage your renewed involvement. This newsletter contains a summary of the preliminary alternatives for your comment. There is also a description of expected tasks during the upcoming months.

Please read the 04/05/2011 ATMP/EIS newsletter (pdf 2.81MB)

A series of open house meetings were conducted on Hawaii Island in 2011. Please view the presentation and review comments submitted at each location.

Open House Meeting Presentation (pdf 1.83MB)

Open House Public Comments 2011:

Volcano, Hawai`i - Read the Final Scoping Comments from this Meeting (pdf 22.3KB)
Monday, April 18, 2011, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Pahoa, Hawai`i - Read the Final Scoping Comments from this Meeting (pdf 28.7KB)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Naalehu, Hawai`i - Read the Final Scoping Comments from this Meeting (pdf 12.3KB)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Read a complete summary of 2011 written and oral public comments in response to the preliminary draft ATMP alternatives.

ATMP Summary of Public Comments on Preliminary Alternatives (2011)

You can also read about ATMP on-line at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=36002

Thank you for your continued interest and involvement in developing an Air Tour Management Plan for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Contact Us:

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Park Planning Office: Danielle Foster (808) 985-6303

NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division: Vicki McCusker (970) 267-2117

Federal Aviation Administration: Larry Tonish, ATMP (310) 725-3817.

See 04/05/2011 Press Release requesting public comments.

Did You Know?

Green Sea Turtle resting on a beach.

The endangered Honu (Green Sea Turtle) are frequently seen in shallow waters and basking in the sun on beaches. They return to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to lay their nests, over 700 miles away.