FAA Moves to Curtail Tour Planes from Buzzing National Parks

For passengers of local sea-plane and helicopter tours, nothing beats a birds-eye view of the the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Marin Headlands. For visitors to those places, however, it's a nuisance to have nature's quiet shattered by buzzing aircraft propellers.

The National Park Service and the Federal Aviation Administration are reconsidering current policies that permit more than 6,000 annual flights over the Bay Area's national parks.

And the government seems biased toward the landlubbers.

The FAA and the NPS have not taken an official position on whether to curtail the flights. But a new federal report lays out a factual case for branding the flights a type of nuisance that needs to be curbed.

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