FAA Offers Details On BARR Changes

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Aircraft operators who want to block their registration data from being displayed to the public in real-time flight-tracking websites must provide the FAA with documentation showing more than a "speculative or abstract fear," the FAA told NBAA this week. "A generalized, non-specific security concern is unlikely to be found valid," the FAA wrote, in response to questions from NBAA about how operators can document a "certified security concern" to block their aircraft information. Previously, the FAA allowed operators to opt out of the public information display via the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. On June 3, the FAA said it would change that policy, effective in 30 days.

"NBAA is opposed to the government's plan to dismantle the BARR program and we intend to challenge it in court and on Capitol Hill," NBAA President Ed Bolen said this week. "Still, aircraft operators have fundamental questions about how to comply with the FAA's new BARR criteria, in the event that we are unable to prevent the FAA's plan from taking effect." Barry Davis, of the FAA System Operations Service Unit, told NBAA there is no form or prescribed format to request an opt-out under the new policy. One way to qualify is to show that someone who flies on the aircraft is protected under a Treasury Department security program. In all cases, the opt-out request will be granted for no more than 12 months, Davis said.