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.
Aviation in Space
From the moment man first flew, there was no stopping the ascent into the universe. Read the amazing stories that powered man into space.
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.
NPS Aviation Program
Learn more about the programmatic aspects of the National Park Service Aviation Program.
Explore some of the important resources that assist NPS aviation in accomplishing its mission.
Policy, regulations and guidelines are staples of NPS aviation operations on a daily basis. Learn more about them here.
Incident Support & Coordination Centers
Valuable tools for incident management, whether for aviation or another large-scale incident.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Learn how NPS is using UAS to decrease risks on operational missions, reduce costs and provide additional aviation resources.
Whether you're an educator or just have a novice interest in aviation, our education resources have the info you need.
Types of Aviation Jobs
Seasonal and full-time positions with the NPS that relate to aviation and their basic duties and qualifications.
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.
Last updated: December 18, 2017