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A controversial plan by the National Park Service will increase flight-seeing tours while decreasing noise—if it worksIn a bid to ease the tension between air-tour operators and hikers/nature lovers, the park service is introducing a plan they say will increase flight-seeing tours while also reducing air traffic noise over the Grand Canyon. If you're like us, your first response might be: huh?
"We're the only segment of the air tour industry this severely regulated, and it happens at the Grand Canyon," Steve Bassett, president of the United States Air Tour Association, said. "Now they're trying to severely regulate us some more."Oh, boo-hoo.If you really want to experience the canyon, take a cue from our own editor-in-chief Jon Dorn and hike it rim-to-rim-to-rim...in a single day.