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FAA, Mount Rainier develop four alternatives to manage air tours

Here is a story I just filed for tomorrow’s paper regarding the development of an air tour management plan at Mount Rainier National Park.

The FAA and Mount Rainier National Park have identified four alternatives for managing air tours over the park, ranging from no flights to allowing 114 flights long varied routes a year.

The release of the alternatives Tuesday is part of the process by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service to develop an air tour management plan for Mount Rainier.

Five operators currently have authorization to provide air tours over and within ½ mile

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Mount Rainier to develop plan to manage air tours

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun development of an Air Tour Management Plan and an Environmental Assessment for Mount Rainier National Park.

Five air tour operators currently provide commercial air tours over and within one-half mile of Mount Rainier. Most of these tour companies originate in the Puget Sound area, and one is in Wenatchee. Since January 2003, these five operators have had authority to conduct a maximum combined total of 114 air tours per year. In recent years, the total number of tours has been below that level.

The management plan is being developed to provide measures to mitigate

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