Court Showdown Over Barr Repeal Starts December 2

Court hearings will start December 2 in the lawsuit filed by NBAA and AOPA that seeks to overturn the FAA’s dismantling of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program early last month. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear arguments from the associations and FAA. “We are pleased that the general aviation community will soon have its day in court,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We look forward to explaining to the Court of Appeals why the government’s move to limit the Barr program severely represents an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, a threat to the competitiveness of U.S. companies, and a potential security risk to the persons aboard aircraft.” AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller added, “The government’s action is unprecedented and unreasonable. Aircraft operators willingly provide information about aircraft movements to the government. But that doesn’t mean the information should be available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. That’s the case we intend to make on December 2. We welcome the opportunity to do so.” NBAA and AOPA established the BARR Legal Defense Fund last month “to demonstrate support for their court challenge to preserve the program.” JetOptions is a member of NBAA.

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