Lonely Planet Writer

Grand Canyon offers incentives for quieter aircraft

Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon. Image by Airwolfhound / CC BY-SA 2.0

A proposal from the Grand Canyon National Park will offer incentives for air tour operators to use quieter aircraft. The incentives would allow operators to take more passengers into the Dragon and Zuni Point corridors – the two most popular corridors because of their depth and width – if the operators use quiet technology on their aircraft. The park has previously tried to reduce noise by making 67% of the canyon quiet for three-fourths of the day, but senators from Arizona and Nevada objected, saying the restrictions would hurt air tour operators. The restriction was reduced to half of the canyon, with options to allow air tour operators to use quieter aircraft. Read more: lasvegassun.co