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Hingson reappointed to national parks overflights committee

Dick Hingson has been reappointed to the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the reappointment in the Federal Register of Monday, June 9, 2014. The FAA called for nominees to fill the term in another Federal Register notice of Tuesday, April 3, 2014.

Hingson represents the environmental community on the committee. The FAA also announced in April that it needs to find another environmental representative for the committee to fill a vacant post. The FAA has not filled that slot yet, however. Hingson's new term begins immediately.

The group was formed in March 2001 by authority of the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000. It was reauthorized and amended under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The committee consists of representatives of the environmental community, Indian tribes, general aviation and air tour operators. The FAA administrator and director of the National Park Service (or their designees) serve as ex officio members.

The committee provides advice to the above agencies on implementing the law, low-noise aircraft technology, safety, environmental and other concerns. Quiet aircraft get priority in plans for flights over national parks and Indian reservations. The current committee includes Heidi Williams representing general aviation; Alan Stephen, Matt Zuccaro and Mark Francis representing commercial air tour operators; Greg Miller, Michael Sutton and Hingson representing environmental interests; and Rory Majenty and Martin Begaye representing American Indian tribes.

Hingson is a noise/aviation specialist for national parks working at the Sierra Club, according to his Linked In page. He is from Flagstaff, Ariz. He received the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award from the National Parks Conservation Association in 2005 for his work on behalf of Grand Canyon and Zion national parks.

For more info, contact Keith Lusk, special programs staff, FAA, Western-Pacific Region Headquarters, P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2007, phone: (310) 725-3808, email: Keith.Lusk@faa.gov.