The National Park Service Branch of Aviation provides leadership at the national, regional, and park levels to ensure safe and efficient use of aviation resources.
Aviation is one of the many programs in the National Park Service (NPS) that supports multiple areas and disciplines. Some of the programs supported by NPS Aviation include fire, law enforcement, search and rescue, resource management, backcountry patrol, and transport of personnel and cargo. In providing this support, the NPS uses helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from contract and rental services, as well as government-owned fleet aircraft. Learn where the NPS has fleet or contract aircraft throughout the country.
Organizationally, the NPS Aviation Program is part of the Visitor and Resource Protection Associateship under the Division of Fire and Aviation Management. The branch works closely with the Wildland Fire and Structural Fire programs.