Reader Participation Day: Do You Believe There Should Be Overflight Tours of National Parks?
Have you ever had the itch to fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter? Do you want a bird's eye view of Crater Lake? Or do you believe the airspace over national parks should be reserved strictly for, well, the birds?
That seems to be a burning question these days, as outrage is smoldering over a helicopter tour company's desire to fly upwards of 300 scenic tours a year over Crater Lake National Park, and as the Federal Aviation Administration and National Park Service try to figure out just who has jurisdiction over the air space over Grand Canyon National Park.
Those are the just the two latest hotspots in the park system that are grappling with overflights. There are dozens, literally dozens, more. So what do you think? Should the air space over the national parks be off-limits to air tours, or is there a role for these excursions that should be accommodated?