BARR Battle Heads to Appeals Court December 2
September 28, 2011 – A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia will hear arguments on December 2 regarding a case that seeks to overturn the dismantling of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program announced this summer by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
EAA filed an amicus brief in the case in July, supporting the legal action brought by AOPA and NBAA to overturn the DOT action. The changes to the BARR program made it more difficult for GA aircraft operators to block flight plan information from public websites.
Aviation groups contend that essential flight plan information is already provided to government and security agencies, but the dismantling of BARR to allow any public website to carry the information is an invasion of privacy, a potential security risk, and a threat to U.S. corporate competitiveness.For the moment, aircraft owners and operators who want to opt out of having their aviation movements tracked and broadcast must send a request to the FAA. NBAA and AOPA have encouraged aviators who believe they meet the new requirements for inclusion in the FAA's opt-out list to apply.