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What does the park have in the way of overflight regulations?
Grand Canyon has a number of large "No Flight" zones.
There is nothing worse than being someplace in the remote wilderness and having someone buzz your mountaintop, canyon or valley.
The fact that we have the technology and money is really cool, but out of place in the wilderness.
The park needs to craft regulations that will ensure no flights are close to the high Chisos or other areas where the 99% of visitors who will never take a flight over the park are experiencing its solitude.
Perhaps some private pilot out there - Undertaker? - can navigate the mass of data at http://www.faa.gov and find the maps, rules, etc. and inform us landlubbers...
Lastly, when you want to sight-see from the air, you can see a whole lot more when higher up as your relative ground motion is so much less. You really can't enjoy anything even at 500 feet because to fly slow enough to make it worthwhile puts you on the edge of flight controllability in that dangerous region near the ground.
...This would include cameras, GPS units, cooking stoves, etc. It's just not possible to recreate something that really has not existed in several hundred years (by our definition today)......
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONFederal Aviation Administration14 CFR Parts 91, 93, 121, and 135[Docket No. FAA–99–5926; Amendment No. 93–80]RIN 2120–AG74Modification of the Dimensions of the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area and Flight Free ZonesAGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.ACTION: Final rule.SUMMARY: This action amends special operating rules and airspace for those persons operating aircraft in the area designated as the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA). Specifically, this action modifies the eastern portion of the SFRA and the Desert View Flight-free Zone (FFZ); establishes a corridor through the Bright Angel FFZ for future noise efficient/quiet technology aircraft; and modifies the Sanup FFZ to provide for a commercial route over the northwestern section of the Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). In addition, this action makes editorial corrections to several previously issued special operating rules for this affected area. The FAA is taking this action to assist the National Park Service in fulfilling the statutory mandate of substantially restoring the natural quiet and experience in GCNP.EFFECTIVE DATE: This final rule is effective on December 1, 2000.
are you kidding me? I hardly think a silent handheld GPS or camera can be equated to an engine blazing over your head in the solitude of the high Chisos, or high desert. Let's not be ridiculous.
The FAA is taking this action to assist the National Park Service in fulfilling the statutory mandate of substantially restoring the natural quiet and experience in GCNP.
BIBE has the opportunity to be proactive and establish guidelines before a problem develops. Eric has nothing else to do today we'll let him start on that project.
Costly, lots of liability and unpredictability, season, and not enough people with enough money to make it... TWWG
Maybe I'm in the minority here, but to me if someone wants to fly around up in the air and look at stuff (as long as they're not low enough to cause serious noise disturbance for people, wildlife, or livestock), they should be allowed to do so. I have way more problem with the Air Force flying bombing practice runs over populated areas while 300 feet off the ground (as I have seen on my own property) than I do with some dude in a 152 puttering around at 60 knots, 3,000 feet up in the air.
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