FAA proposes limiting blocks on aircraft tracking

March 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AOPA

The FAA is seeking comment on a proposal that would limit participation in a program that allows aircraft operators to restrict public access to real-time tracking of their flights.

Companies or individuals sometimes participate in the BARR program because of general safety concerns, privacy concerns, or to maintain a competitive edge. If the proposal is enacted, written certification of a “Valid Security Concern” would need to be submitted to the FAA annually.

“A Valid Security Concern is a verifiable threat to person, property or company, including a threat of death, kidnapping or serious bodily harm against an individual, a recent history of violent terrorist activity in the geographic area in which the transportation is provided, or a threat against a company.”

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President Ed Bolen spoke out against the proposal, saying it 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.” NBAA provides information about the proposal and its objections in an online resource.

Also, Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) – NBAA Opposes New Limitations on Participation in the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) Program

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