The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that, effective immediately, general aviation and business aviation operators seeking to keep their aircraft’s registration number from being displayed over public data systems during flight no longer need to submit a Certified Security Concern to the FAA.
As a result of language in the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill, the FAA is withdrawing its June 3, 2011 policy (76 Fed. Reg. 32,258-32,265) of requiring aircraft owners or operators to submit a Certified Security Concern in order to have their aircraft tail number blocked from view on the FAA’s Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) or National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI).
"On behalf of our AOPA members, we thank the Members of Congress for their clear commitment to protecting the rights of individuals who fly their private aircraft in the national airspace from unwanted computer tracking," said AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller. "The action by Congress reaffirms the merits of the BARR program, which has operated effectively to protect the rights of our pilots."
"This is an important win for aviation and for the privacy of all aviators," said Rod Hightower, president and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which wrote a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the legal challenge from NBAA and AOPA. "Pilots and aircraft owners across this country should be proud of the work Congress has just completed in reinstating the BARR."
"We are pleased that by including this language in an appropriations bill, members of the House and Senate have demonstrated their understanding that the Administration's effort to curtail the BARR program paves the way for unwarranted invasions of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, threatens competitiveness for companies and poses a potential security risk for people aboard business airplanes," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The BARR is a congressionally enabled program, and it’s clear that congress doesn’t want the government to limit it."
Owners and operators seeking to have their aircraft tail number blocked from these data feeds can now submit a blocking request directly to the FAA without stating a reason for the request.… Read more ...