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BARR Getting Back to Full-Operations Mode

November 29, 2011 – After Congress stepped in to ensure that aviators would have full access to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, FAA and the National Business Aviation Association are working to get BARR fully operational and available to aircraft operators who wish to opt out of public Internet tracking of their flights.

EAA backed full reinstatement of BARR, filing an amicus brief last summer in support of a legal challenge filed by NBAA and AOPA against FAA and the Department of Transportation’s efforts to dismantle the program. At the urging of NBAA, AOPA, EAA, and others, Congress stepped in earlier this month, adding language to the DOT’s fiscal 2012 budget that prohibited FAA from requiring a “valid security concern” to opt out of the public online flight tracking.

Those who currently use BARR to block public viewing of flight paths will be able to continue doing so without interference, and new blocking requests will be accepted. Law enforcement and national security agencies will continue to have full access to all in-flight information of aircraft operators filing flight plans and using radar tracking.

NBAA, which led the effort to maintain full use of BARR, is working closely with FAA to develop all details of the BARR program’s reinstatement. EAA will pass along those details as they are finalized. For more information, click here.

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