With Help from Congress, Business Aviation Wins Barr Battle

President Obama signed a $12.5 billion transportation, housing and urban development appropriations bill on Friday containing language that reinstated the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) through at least Fiscal Year 2012 (Sept. 30, 2012). The language, included in the funding bill for the DOT (the FAA’s parent department) and other agencies, states: “None of the…

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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.…

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House DOT Appropriations Bill Supports Barr Program

Two days ago NBAA welcomed language in a congressional appropriations bill that would preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. The FAA dismantled Barr, which allowed aircraft operators to block their aircraft tail numbers on online flight tracking sites, six weeks ago. Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa)–the chairman of the House subcommittee on transportation, housing and…

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Limits on Block Aircraft Registration Program Take Effect

If you’ve been relying on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program to protect the privacy of your aircraft movements, you should know that the government’s plan to limit that program took effect August 2. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association are challenging the…

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BARR Legal Defense Fund Launched

NBAA and AOPA launched the BARR Legal Defense Fund website to provide financial support for their joint legal battle against the DOT to preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, which allows aircraft operators to block their tail number from online flight-tracking services. The groups filed the lawsuit shortly after the DOT published a…

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NBAA Filing Suit to Halt Barr Dismantling

At the regional forum at Westchester County Airport, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said that NBAA and AOPA will be filing a suit (either next week or the week after) to halt the DOT’s plan to continue with its dismantling of Barr. The agency has summarily dismissed extensive public comment opposing such a move.…

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NBAA Furious over FAA’s Changes to Barr

NBAA strongly denounced a decision, announced by FAA officials late Friday, to push ahead with the proposed changes to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. “We are outraged at the government’s move,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “As we’ve said, there can be no legitimate reason for a government agency to facilitate…

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