Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 1 decade ago

Are you allowed to fly over National Parks in the U.S.? (General Aviation)?

I'm working on some flight plans and the places I'd like to go are covered in MOAs and National Parks. Is this a problem?


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    With the exception of the Grand Canyon and some volcano area's in Hawaii, it generally requested that pilots stay at least 2000 AGL when flying over national parks, national wildlife reserves. It is not mandated by any regulation.

    You can fly through a MOA (VFR) with out anyones "permission" but extra caution should be observed as high speed, low level military aircraft could be with in it. IF the MOA is "hot" and your are IFR, traffic may be cleared through the area provided ATC can ensure IFR separation; otherwise, ATC will reroute or restrict nonparticipating IFR traffic.

  • Bob R
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    You need to look at the chart and determine the Wildlife and MOA areas. MOA's have a number. Look that number up on the chart to determine the extent of the activity.

    Wildlife areas or National Parks usually have a minimum altitude that you must stay above. You can find this information on the chart or ask the flight briefing service for it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hmm im not from the us and im not sure on their rules and regs for flying over wildlife places and national parks its ok in the uk as far as im aware but if you need to know more check in with the centre or ask a few guys at you flying club who may have knowledge about this kinda thing

  • Mark
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Yes, you are allowed to fly over national parks and through Military Operating Areas.

    National Parks are not depicted on aviation charts. Wildlife Areas are depicted; 2000' AGL there is a recommended--not required--minimum altitude.

    MOAs are depicted; there is no restriction on your flying through them.

    Restricted Areas and Prohibited Areas are depicted on aviation charts; flying through them could be a problem.

    Source(s): Private Pilot 101
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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends. There are some restrictions, such as minimum altitude requirements. The most obviously restricted area is the Grand Canyon, which has its own chart and is considered a Special Flight Rules Area; there are a lot of restrictions there.

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe it is 2000 ft for national parks, however that may not go for all of them. Just look at the charts.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can fly over at 2000 ft. Got a great veiw of Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse that way.

  • 1 decade ago

    2000ft over the ones Ive flown over.

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