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Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group

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National Park Service, Interior, and Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.




By Federal Register notice published on February 12, 2003, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), asked interested persons to apply to fill a vacant position representing environmental interests on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG). This notice informs the public of the person selected to fill that vacancy on the NPOAG. It also announces a change in representation of one member representing aviation interests on the NPOAG.

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Barry Brayer, Executive Resource Staff, Western Pacific Region Headquarters, 15000 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250, telephone: (310) 725-3800, e-mail:, or Howie Thompson, Natural Sounds Program, National Park Service, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, Denver, Colorado, 80225, telephone: (303) 969-2461; e-mail:

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The National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 (the Act) was enacted on April 5, 2000, as Public Law 106-181. The Act required the establishment of the advisory group within 1 year after its enactment. The NPOAG was established in March 2001. The advisory group is comprised of a balanced group of representatives of general aviation, commercial air tour operations, environmental concerns, and Native American tribes. The Administrator and the Director (or their designees) serve as ex officio members of the group. Representatives of the Administrator and Director serve alternating 1-year terms as chairman of the advisory group.

The advisory group provides “advice, information, and recommendations to the Administrator and the Director—

(1) On the implementation of this title [the Act] and the amendments made by this title;

(2) On commonly accepted quiet aircraft technology for use in commercial air tour operations over a national park or tribal lands, which will receive preferential treatment in a given air tour management plan;

(3) On other measures that might be taken to accommodate the interests of visitors to national parks; and

(4) At the request of the Administrator and the Director, safety, environmental, and other issues related to commercial air tour operations over a national park or tribal lands.”

Changes in Membership

To maintain the balanced representation of the group, the FAA and the NPS recently published a notice in the Federal Register asking interested persons to apply to fill a vacancy representing environmental interests on the NPOAG. The person selected to fill that position is Mr. Steve Bosak of the National Parks Conservation Association.

In addition, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association recently announced that Ms. Heidi Williams will replace Mr. Andy Cebula as a member of the NPOAG representing aviation interests.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2003.

Louis C. Cusimano,

Acting Director, Flight Standards Service.

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[FR Doc. 03-8399 Filed 4-4-03; 8:45 am]