In the days and weeks leading up to the August 2 changes that eliminated the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, which for a decade had allowed Part 91 operators to suppress their flight information at online flight tracking websites, a number of business aircraft pilots were eager to find an alternative. And they quickly found a free-market solution.
In the wake of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program’s demise, FltPlan is offering a “call sign” program that allows business aircraft owners and operators a way to prevent their “tail number from appearing on flight tracking programs.” The company’s program, which costs $250 per year per aircraft, is much more inclusive than the FAA’s new Certified Security Concern list, which allows aircraft tail-number blocking only if oper
The recent removal of the loophole that allowed aircraft owners to import aircraft into the European Union (EU) via the UK at a zero rate of value-added tax has prospective buyers scrambling for fiscally friendly alternatives. One option is for private operators to find a way to get registered for tax purposes under a commercial aircraft operatorπs certificate, but this could subject the operator to unfavorable scrutiny by the authorities.
Recent pilot reports have suggested that French civil aviation authorities are requiring foreign operators to demonstrate that they have a safety management system (SMS) or flight operations quality assurance (Foqa) program before they grant traffic rights.
Starting this fall, U.S. aircraft owners will be required to reregister their aircraft after the FAA issued its final ruling on the matter last month. The agency issued an NPRM in 2008, which was approved in June by the Office of Management and Budget, and establishes specific certificate expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010.
The FAA yesterday issued its final ruling mandating the re-registration of all U.S. civil aircraft. In an effort to clear clutter from the aircraft registry and provide more up-to-date information to law enforcement and other agencies, the FAA will require owners to begin re-registering their aircraft in a rolling program that will begin November 1 and end in December 2013.
In response to scuttlebutt that the FAA had ceased processing aircraft registrations for foreign-owner trusts, the agency sent a letter to a group of stakeholders clarifying that it has not imposed any moratorium on the issuance of pending or future registrations involving non-citizen trusts.