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Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve fills the windows of an AStar B3 helicopter en route to base camp. (NPS/Martin Parker)

Air Rangers

The wild flights of Park Service pilots.

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Despite the challenges, Traub says that there are several “pilots-in-waiting” who already are serving as park rangers, building their flight hours to the 500 needed to qualify for ranger pilot status. The most recent vacancy announcement drew almost 300 responses.

Washington, D.C.-based newspaper journalist Allen Abel served as a National Park Ranger (Interpretation) in Arizona and Utah’s Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in 2002-2003.

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