[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 130 (Thursday, July 9, 2009)]
[Pages 33014-33015]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-16053]



Federal Aviation Administration

Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group 
Aviation Rulemaking Committee

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: By Federal Register notice (See 74 FR 16442; April 10, 2009) 
the National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration 
(FAA) invited interested persons to apply to fill six upcoming openings 
on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) Aviation 
Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The notice invited interested persons to 
apply to fill six vacancies representing commercial air tour operators 
(2), general aviation (1), Native American tribal (1), and 
environmental (2) concerns due to the incumbent members' completion of 
three-year term appointments on October 9, 2009. This notice informs 
the public of the persons selected to fill four of the six vacancies on 
the NPOAG ARC. Vacancies filled include the two commercial tour 
operator openings, the general aviation opening, and one of the 
environmental openings. Since the previous notice did not draw enough 
responses from individuals for the Native American tribal opening or 
the remaining environmental vacancy, NPS and FAA are also using this 
notice to invite other interested individuals to apply for these two 
remaining openings. If you responded to the initial notice, for either 
the Native American tribal or environmental openings, you will still be 
under consideration and need not re-apply.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry Brayer, Special Programs Staff, 
Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region Headquarters, 
P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2007, telephone: (310) 725-3800, 
e-mail: [email protected], or Karen Trevino, National Park Service, 
Natural Sounds Program, 1201 Oakridge Dr., Suite 100, Fort Collins, CO 
80525, telephone: (970) 225-3563, e-mail: [email protected].



    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 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 1-
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 
    (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 ARC 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.
    Current members of the NPOAG ARC are as follows:
    Heidi Williams representing general aviation; Alan Stephen, Elling 
Halvorson, and Matthew Zuccaro representing commercial air tour 
operators; Chip Dennerlein, Greg Miller, Kristen Brengel, and Don 
Barger representing environmental interests; and Rory Majenty and 
Richard Deertrack representing Native American tribes.


    Selected to fill the air tour operator vacancies, for additional 
terms, are returning members Alan Stephen and

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Matthew Zuccaro. Selected to fill the general aviation vacancy and one 
of the environmental vacancies are new member Claire Kultgen and 
returning member Greg Miller, respectively. These members' new or 
additional terms begin on October 10, 2009. The term of service for 
NPOAG ARC members is 3 years.

Additional Openings

    In order to retain balance within the NPOAG ARC with two remaining 
openings, the FAA and NPS invite persons interested in representing 
environmental and Native American tribal concerns on the ARC to contact 
Mr. Barry Brayer (contact information is written above in FOR FURTHER 
    Requests to serve on the ARC must be made to Mr. Brayer in writing 
and postmarked or e-mailed on or before August 25, 2009. The request 
should indicate whether or not you are a member of an association or 
group related to environmental or Native American tribal issues or 
concerns or have another affiliation with issues relating to aircraft 
flights over national parks. The request should also state what 
expertise you would bring to the NPOAG ARC as related to environmental 
or tribal concerns. The term of service for NPOAG ARC members is 3 

    Isued in Hawthorne, CA, on July 1, 2009.
Barry Brayer,
Manager, Special Programs Staff, Western-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. E9-16053 Filed 7-8-09; 8:45 am]