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Air tour operators flew more than 55,000 trips over the Grand Canyon in 2012, making it a $2 million a year industry by one estimate. (Photo by Roadsidepictures via flickr/Creative Commons)

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WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration said it will allow 1,721 additional flights through Grand Canyon National Park this year, with one catch: The tour flights will have to use quiet-aircraft technology.The extra flights, announced Monday, are part of a law aimed at encouraging a transition to quieter aircraft over public lands.

By BY MAURO WHITEMAN February 7, 2014
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