Turning the Grand Canyon into an AirportBy Rocky Thompson on July 3rd, 2012
Not exactly turning it into an airport. More like keeping it an airport. Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress have passed legislation that effectively makes it impossible for the National Park Service to limit flyover noise as much as they’d like in the Grand Canyon. The good news is that it was members of both parties in Nevada who pushed for it—way to finally find some common ground. The flyover business is a $120-million-a-year industry, and no one wants to be cast as a job killer right now. And it makes sense that in America flying over something instead of hiking through it would be more popular, and that the big business would do better than people who prefer to see such a beautiful and wild place not overrun with idiots. Or at least idiots that have an extraordinary amount of money.