As more aircraft equip with ADS-B out capability, which broadcasts position, velocity, altitude and other information in unencrypted formats on easily received frequencies, business aircraft operators are concerned about whether they can continue blocking their aircraft from display on flight-tracking websites.
Aircraft Situation Display to Industry
The FAA released its final policy last week regarding the procedures for allowing aircraft owners and operators to have their flight information blocked from online flight tracker sites.
Last week the FAA issued a notice of a proposed permanent process for limiting aircraft data displayed via its Access to Aircraft Situation Display (ASDI) and National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI), known in the vernacular as the block aircraft registration requests (Barr) program.
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.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has authored legislation that would preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program by preventing the FAA from disseminating identifying information about general aviation aircraft over the Internet against the wishes of aircraft owners and operators. Introduction of the Barr Preservation Act of 2011 (S.
The word “offshore” can conjure images of money laundering, tax dodgers and oil spills, but in today’s business aviation world, as privacy and security become ever more precious commodities, offshore registry is becoming an acceptable alternative.
Within days of the Department of Transportation’s announcement that it was all but dismantling the Block Aircraft Registration Request Program (Barr), NBAA, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) announced they would challenge the decision in court.
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With the Department of Transportation considering establishing limitations on the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr), NBAA has surveyed members and forwarded information to the agency.
You may have gone to the effort to put your home telephone number on the national telemarketers’ “Do Not Call” list, but still find yourself vulnerable when you least expect it. Pilots recently have complained on the NBAA Air Mail Internet forum about some unique nuisance calls. One pilot said that while stopping for fuel at an en route FBO, he was summoned to the telephone to answer a call for “the crew” of his aircraft type and tail number.
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