Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR)

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AOPA Fights Alongside NBAA to Preserve the BARR Program

March 14, 2011

As NBAA and the business aviation community battles the government's plan to severely limit access to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, the president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says NBAA Members are by no means alone in the battle.

“This struck me at the outset as somebody's solution to a problem that didn't exist,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “I really thought rational people could reason together.”

Listen to an NBAA Flight Plan podcast interview with AOPA President Craig Fuller.

Fuller said he's issued a number of alerts to AOPA members, advising them to contact their members of Congress and to make their voices heard during the short comment period regarding changes to the BARR program. AOPA represents more than 400,000 pilots and aircraft owners. Fuller believes many of them could suffer if access to the BARR program is severely limited, as proposed by the FAA.

“We're really arguing that the privacy provision that's been in place should remain in place for those among our membership and among the flying community who want to prevent disclosure to anyone who may desire to follow their aircraft,” Fuller said.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said he welcomed the support from AOPA and its members. “The government’s plan for the BARR 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 persons on board," said Bolen. We know these are concerns for AOPA Members, just as they are concerns for NBAA Members.”

Like NBAA, AOPA is going to great lengths to communicate the BARR message to its members and Fuller has posted blogs on the issue to the association’s web site. “[T]here is a sense that citizens who own the plane and fly the plane must justify their right to privacy,” he wrote. “Since when has this become a standard? Will we need to justify why we might prefer not to have EZ Pass information released about where our private automobiles travel?”

Bolen reminded NBAA Members that they can visit NBAA’s web site for information about the FAA’s proposal to limit the BARR, an outline of the Association’s concerns and guidance on how to comment. Members can also visit the government’s public docket to submit comments.

Comments may be filed in a number of ways:

Online:
Submit comments through the regulations.gov web site.
By Mail:
Docket Management Facility
US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE (Room W12-140)
Washington, DC 20590
By Fax:
(202) 493-2251

The Docket Number FAA-2011-0183 should be included at the top of all comments.