Deadline nears for HVNP’s air tours plan

  • A Blue Hawaiian helicopter takes off from Hilo International Airport on Sept. 15. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • A passenger walks toward a Paradise helicopter before it takes off from Hilo International Airport on Sept. 15. (Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • A Blue Hawaiian helicopter flies in the clouds after taking off from Hilo International Airport on Sept. 15.

Eleven of 24 U.S. national parks have completed drafts of court-ordered air tour management plans and released them for public comment.