Photo Gallery

NPS Aviation photos give us an opportunity to see how they provide leadership at the national, regional, and park levels to ensure safe and efficient use of aviation resources.


Varying in size and capability, helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes are essential to park missions; playing a critical part in Search & Rescue (SAR) missions, Law Enforcement (LE) duties, and wildland fire and emergency incident response. Each piece of equipment has distinct technical and mechanical capabilities. Helicopters, or ‘ships’, differ by carrying capacity, determined by pounds or number of passengers; maneuverability is key, making helos ideal for short or technical flights. Also defined by load capacity, airplanes are used for longer, higher elevation trips.