Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Resource Protection section includes Regulations, Incident Response, Marine Debris, Wildlife Disturbance, Water Quality, Habitat Protection, and Permits
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Resource Protection section includes Regulations, Incident Response, Marine Debris, Wildlife Disturbance, Water Quality, Habitat Protection, and Permits
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Resource Protection section includes Regulations, Incident Response, Marine Debris, Wildlife Disturbance, Water Quality, Habitat Protection, and Permits Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Resource Protection section includes Regulations, Incident Response, Marine Debris, Wildlife Disturbance, Water Quality, Habitat Protection, and Permits

Overflight Regulations

thumbnail of overflight flyer To protect seabirds and marine mammals, Federal Regulations prohibit disturbing wildlife in the sanctuary by operating aircraft below 2,000 feet, within one nautical mile of the coast and offshore rocks and islands. Failure to maintain a minimum altitude of 2,000 feet above ground level over any such waters is presumed to disturb marine mammals or seabirds (15 CFR Part 922.152.)

While this regulation was not intended to affect takeoff and landings from the Copalis Beach airstrip, pilots need to be aware of the regulation. To be in compliance, pilots traveling north from Copalis Airport and flying along the shoreline should ascend to 2,000' as soon as it is safe and practicable.

View the Overflight Poster for a visual guide.

Download a printable flyer of the Overflight Poster. (3.8Mb pdf)

For more information on the Copalis Beach State Airport, see http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/AllStateAirports/CopalisBeach_CopalisState.htm

Additional information for pilots can be found on NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries main website, http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/flight/.

For information about regulations that could affect your flight plan along the Olympic coast contact:

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
115 East Railroad Ave
Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 457-6622
olympiccoast@noaa.gov



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