The National Park Service and the Federal Aviation Administration are seeking public feedback on a draft Air Tour Management Plan that is being proposed for Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The agencies encourage anyone with an interest in or concern about air tours over Great Smoky Mountains National Park to review and comment on the draft ATMP. The proposed plan would authorize up to 946 air tours per year on defined routes. There were on average 946 air tours per year conducted by two air tour operators reported at Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 2017–19.
The NPS and FAA will host a virtual public meeting regarding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tour Management Plan at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 that will be live streamed at https://youtu.be/BIIt8gzNVVA.
Members of the public who wish to observe the virtual meeting can also access the livestream from the following FAA social media platforms on the day of the event, including https://www.facebook.com/FAA; https://twitter.com/FAANews; or https://www.youtube.com/FAAnews.
Public feedback can be provided through the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website through Sunday, Oct. 3.
The NPS and FAA will consider comments to help inform the final ATMP for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The project website is available at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/GreatSmokyMountainsATMP.