“The helicopter is the only machine that requires more energy to go slow! Helicopters are the most versatile flying machines in existence today. This versatility gives the pilot complete access to three-dimensional space in a way that no airplane can. If you have ever flown in a helicopter you know that its abilities are exhilarating.” —LLC webpage

Learning Center

Aviation Facts

Helicopter at Mesa Verde Park

Fun aviation facts

Types of Aircraft

Floatplane test water quality

A brief overview of the aircraft that NPS uses to accomplish our mission.

Aviation Firsts

First helicopter hoist rescues

Aviation “Firsts” commemorated in National Parks.

Educator Resources

Young cadets learn about flight

Aviation Education Information


Photogrammetry kite

A listing of aviation terms with definitions.

Aviation Historic Places

Wright Brothers

A chance to explore aviation historical sites associated with the NPS.

Lessons Learned

NPS safety briefing

Our aviation safety and aircraft mishap prevention is based on the philosophy that all aircraft mishaps can be prevented.