NBAA Challenges Portrayal of Barr

 - April 30, 2010, 6:29 AM

As news outlets such as USA Today picked up on ProPublica’s story on blocked aircraft registrations last month, NBAA stepped up to make a case for its Block
Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. NBAA senior vice president of communications Dan Hubbard told USA Today, “Privacy is important to business fliers because competitors can learn of potential deals by tracking airplanes.” ProPublica, which describes itself as “an independent, nonprofit newsroom,” said it obtained from the FAA a list of 1,100 blocked airplanes in Barr after it filed a Freedom of Information Act request and a federal judge ruled that the records are public. According to ProPublica, registered owners of blocked aircraft included several college booster clubs and athletic programs, the CEO of Hooters, a televangelist and owners of newspapers, including Gannett, which owns USA Today.