For the last 20 years the Federal Aviation Adminitration has ignored Glacier National Park’s efforts to prohibit commercial overflights.
For 20 years thousands of complaints have been filed by individuals and organizations about noise pollution destroying the Glacier experience for millions of visitors and wildlife so that a handful of people could have a thrill ride.
Five years ago, 34 organizations joined together to form Friends for a “Quiet! Glacier” Coalition, to bring this issue national attention. Other national parks were under similar abuse, so Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) brought a lawsuit on behalf of eight National Parks — to carry out the enabling legislation. The court ruled in PEER’s favor and under court supervision gave the FAA and NPS two years to enact Air Tour Management Plans for 23 National Parks.