Rocky Mountain National Park has so far been spared the headache - and earache - of commercial scenic overflights for one reason: no tour operators exist yet. Hoping to head off possible conflicts, Transportation Secretary Federico Peûa has proposed a ban on commercial overflights in the park. Peûa's May 11 recommendation came with three alternatives: no action, some restrictions of overflights, or voluntary agreements to be made with tour operators. A public comment period extends until Aug. 7, after which Peûa will make his final decision. Direct letters in triplicate to Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Chief Counsel, Rules Docket (AGC-200), Docket No. 28577, 800 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20591, or via e-mail at nprmcmts@mail.hq.faa.gov. All comments must be marked Docket No. 28577.


For its part, Rocky Mountain National Park strongly supports the air tour ban, says assistant superintendent Sheridan Steele. He can be reached at 970/586-1202.