Air tours continue to erode natural quiet in Grand Canyon — despite the passage of key legislation in 1987.
Since its founding in 1985, Grand Canyon Trust has worked to protect the solitude and stunning quiet in Grand Canyon National Park. Nevertheless, over time, a growing number of air tours has eroded the Park’s serenity and replaced it with the sounds of throbbing helicopter rotors and airplane engines.
The Trust was instrumental in securing passage of the 1987 National Parks Overflights Act, which sought to regulate the expanding air tour industry.
After more than two decades of interim flight rules, the National Park Service is expected in 2012 to release its Final Environmental Impact Statement for its proposed management plan to implement final rules. At the same time, Arizona politicians continue to introduce legislation that threatens to derail the public process and National Park Service authority to protect the Grand Canyon from air tour noise.