Sightseeing Flight Ban Challenged

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Air Tour Association filed suit in the U.S. Appeals Court here to overturn a temporary ban on sightseeing flights over Rocky Mountain National Park.

Currently, no operators are offering flight tours over the park, but the Transportation and Interior departments temporarily banned commercial air tour operations there while they work on addressing noise issues throughout the national park system as a whole.

Previously, a coalition of U.S. Air Tour Association members filed suit in the court to challenge new federal rules designed to reduce noise and restrict sightseeing flights over the Grand Canyon beginning May 1.

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