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Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group

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Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation.




By Federal Register notice on February 19, 2019 the National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invited interested persons to apply to fill two current openings on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) to represent general aviation, and Native American interests. This notice informs the public of the selection made for the vacancy representing general aviation and invites persons interested in serving on the NPOAG to apply for the still current opening representing Native American concerns.


Persons interested in applying for the NPOAG opening representing Native American concerns need to apply by May 31, 2019.

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Keith Lusk, Special Programs Staff, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region Headquarters, 727 S Aviation Boulevard, Suite #150, El Segundo, CA 90245, telephone: (424) 405-7017, email:

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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, and subsequently amended in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The Act required the establishment of the advisory group within one 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 of the FAA and the Director of NPS (or their designees) serve as ex officio members of the group. Representatives of the Administrator and Director serve alternating one-year terms as chairman of the advisory group.

In accordance with the Act, the advisory group provides “advice, information, and recommendations to the Administrator and the Director—Start Printed Page 13391

(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.”


The current NPOAG is made up of one member representing general aviation, three members representing the commercial air tour industry, four members representing environmental concerns, and two members representing Native American interests. Members serve 3-year terms. Current members of the NPOAG are as follows:

One open seat to represent general aviation; Eric Lincoln, Alan Stephen, and Matt Zuccaro representing commercial air tour operators; Les Blomberg, Rob Smith, John Eastman, and Dick Hingson representing environmental interests; and Carl Slater and one open seat to represent Native American interests.


Melissa Rudinger of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has been selected for the current open seat to represent general aviation. NPOAG members' 3-year terms commence on the publication date of this Federal Register notice. No selection was made for the additional opening to represent Native American interests.

The FAA and NPS invite persons interested in applying for the one remaining opening on the NPOAG to contact Mr. Keith Lusk (contact information is written above in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Requests to serve on the NPOAG must be made to Mr. Lusk in writing and postmarked or emailed on or before May 31, 2019. The request should indicate whether or not you are a member of an association or group related to Native American concerns. The request should also state what expertise you would bring to the NPOAG as related to issues and concerns with aircraft flights over national parks. The term of service for NPOAG members is 3 years. Current members may re-apply for another term.

On August 13, 2014, the Office of Management and Budget issued revised guidance regarding the prohibition against appointing or not reappointing federally registered lobbyists to serve on advisory committees (79 Federal Register 47482).

Therefore, before appointing an applicant to serve on the NPOAG, the FAA and NPS will require the prospective candidate to certify that they are not a federally registered lobbyist.

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Issued in El Segundo, CA, on March 25, 2019.

Keith Lusk,

Program Manager, Special Programs Staff, Western-Pacific Region.

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[FR Doc. 2019-06609 Filed 4-3-19; 8:45 am]