AOPA, NBAA formally file court brief to preserve BARRAugust 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) filed their opening brief in court Aug. 29 to challenge the government’s decision to severely limit the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program.
In their briefing, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the associations argue that the FAA’s revisions to the BARR program are unlawful and should be invalidated.
“The FAA has failed to explain why it reversed its long-standing policy recognizing that very real concerns about safety, security and competitiveness justify giving aircraft owners and operators a way to ‘opt-out’ of having their flights tracked by anyone, anywhere in the world with an Internet connection,” said NBAA President Ed Bolen. “This reality has been pointed out in the overwhelming opposition to the government’s plans for the BARR. The government ignored these concerns, but we believe the court will not be so dismissive.” [more]