Did you know the National Park Service uses aviation for many purposes on a daily basis? And that the NPS has a history steeped in aviation…from preserving and protecting some of our most important historical sites focused on aviation to historic aviation "firsts" in the United States? Explore this website and learn more about the rich history and use of aviation in your national parks.
Aviation in Your National Parks
Explore aviation history as it relates to the NPS. From the people to the places, these incredible stories are aviation's foundation.
A Day in NPS Aviation Operations
Each day is different. A NPS crew could assist with a wildland fire, a trail project, search and rescue or a law enforcement operation.
Read the stories of how rocket propulsion has taken aviation into and well beyond the upper levels of the atmosphere.
Learn about some of the different military aircraft that have served the United States Army Air Corps, Air Force, Navy and Marines.
NPS Aviation Program
Learn more about the programmatic aspects of the National Park Service Aviation Program.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Learn how NPS is using UAS to decrease risks on operational missions, reduce costs and provide additional aviation resources.
Training & Education
Education resources for aviation-related missions.
Safety Information & News
Up-to-date information and news from reliable and trusted sources for aviation-related missions.
Whether you're an educator or just have a novice interest in aviation, our education resources have the info you need.
Aviation Educator Resources
A broad variety of resources containing aviation education information and membership organizations from both private and public entities.
Online Tools & Databases
Some of the more important tools and guidance that we use to help us carry out our mission.
Laws, Procedures & Manuals
The legal references and regulations that govern aviation management and incidents.
State & Federal Government
Links to various state and federal agencies that support the NPS aviation mission.
Last updated: December 18, 2017