Congress Approves BARR-Reinstatement Provision
Here at Avjet, we join the National Business Aviation Association in applauding final congressional passage of a comprehensive appropriations bill that includes language reinstating the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program.
The House and Senate have, in the words of NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, “demonstrated their understanding that the Administration’s effort to curtail the BARR program paves the way for unwarranted invasions of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, threatens competitiveness for companies and poses a potential security risk for people aboard business airplanes.”
The BARR language, included in H.R. 2112, states:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, none of the funds made available under this Act or any prior Act may be used to implement or to continue to implement any limitation on the ability of any owner or operator of a private aircraft to obtain, upon a request to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, a blocking of that owner’s or operator’s aircraft registration number from any display of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Situational Display to Industry data that is made available to the public, except data made available to a Government agency, for the noncommercial flights of that owner or operator.”
The legislation will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law, and he is expected to sign the bill. Because the BARR-reinstatement language is part of an annual appropriations bill, the language will remain in effect at least until the conclusion of the current fiscal year. NBAA has already communicated that it will work to ensure the long-term continuation of the BARR program.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had formally proposed to limit availability of the BARR program only to parties who could prove a “valid security concern.” The decade-old, Congressionally enabled BARR program was established to provide aircraft owners and operators an ability to “opt-out” of having their aviation movements tracked by anyone, anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
Other aviation associations have also helped in the effort to allow private aircraft owners and operators to retain an appropriate level of confidentiality and security.
“On behalf of our AOPA members, we thank the Members of Congress for their clear commitment to protecting the rights of individuals who fly their private aircraft in the national airspace from unwanted computer tracking,” said AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller. “The action by Congress reaffirms the merits of the BARR program, which has operated effectively to protect the rights of our pilots.”
As a company that has built its reputation on protecting the privacy of its clients, Avjet congratulates NBAA, AOPA and other organizations for their hard work. As active members of these organizations and a leading member of the aviation community, we will continue to support these important guidelines.
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