commercial air tour operation over a national park

(A)The term “commercial air tour operation over a national park” means any flight, conducted for compensation or hire in a powered aircraft where a purpose of the flight is sightseeing over a national park, within ½ mile outside the boundary of any national park (except the Grand Canyon National Park), or over tribal lands (except those within or abutting the Grand Canyon National Park), during which the aircraft flies— (i)below a minimum altitude, determined by the Administrator in cooperation with the Director, above ground level (except solely for purposes of takeoff or landing, or necessary for safe operation of an aircraft as determined under the rules and regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration requiring the pilot-in-command to take action to ensure the safe operation of the aircraft); or (ii)less than 1 mile laterally from any geographic feature within the park (unless more than ½ mile outside the boundary). (B)In making a determination of whether a flight is a commercial air tour operation over a national park for purposes of this section, the Administrator may consider— (i)whether there was a holding out to the public of willingness to conduct a sightseeing flight for compensation or hire; (ii)whether a narrative that referred to areas or points of interest on the surface below the route of the flight was provided by the person offering the flight; (iii)the area of operation; (iv)the frequency of flights conducted by the person offering the flight; (v)the route of flight; (vi)the inclusion of sightseeing flights as part of any travel arrangement package offered by the person offering the flight; (vii)whether the flight would have been canceled based on poor visibility of the surface below the route of the flight; and (viii)any other factors that the Administrator and the Director consider appropriate.

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49 USC § 40128(g)(4)(A)


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