The FAA and the National Park Service are developing an Air Tour Management Plan for Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park pursuant to the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000. Five air-tour operators currently conduct air tours in the area and are limited to a combined 114 tours per year. The public comment period ends this month.
The chartered Bell JetRanger that crashed into the ice-covered slopes of Mount Rainier last June has slid into a crevasse and seems to be beyond recovery. In so doing, the chartered helicopter joins a half-dozen other out-of-reach aircraft that festoon the slopes of the 14,410-ft peak.