Crater Lake can deny helicopter flights

By Steve Best Wed 8th February News
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Wed 8th February

The peace and tranquility of Crater Lake National Park will soon be ensured, thanks to the passage of a bill this week in the U.S. Senate. Steve Best explains…

The passage by the Senate of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill means that the National Park Service will soon have the authority to deny air tours over the nation’s deepest lake.

The issue arose when a Bend aviation company applied for a permit to fly helicopters over the park, which could have resulted in over 300 flights a year.

Park officials expressed concern about the impact the noise from the helicopters would have on the park.

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkeley were heavily involved in drawing up the bill, which now goes to the president for an expected signature.

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