Washington, DC, November 17, 2011 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded final congressional passage of a comprehensive appropriations bill that includes language reinstating the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program.
"We are pleased that by including this language in an appropriations bill, members of the House and Senate have demonstrated their understanding that the Administration's effort to curtail the BARR program paves the way for unwarranted invasions of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, threatens competitiveness for companies and poses a potential security risk for people aboard business airplanes," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The BARR is a congressionally enabled program, and it’s clear that congress doesn’t want the government to limit it."
The BARR language included in H.R. 2112, which provides funding for several government agencies, including the Department of Transportation, is found in Section 119A. It states:
"Notwithstanding any other provision of law, none of the funds made available under this Act or any prior Act may be used to implement or to continue to implement any limitation on the ability of any owner or operator of a private aircraft to obtain, upon a request to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, a blocking of that owner's or operator's aircraft registration number from any display of the Federal Aviation Administration's Aircraft Situational Display to Industry data that is made available to the public, except data made available to a Government agency, for the noncommercial flights of that owner or operator."
The legislation now heads to President Obama's desk to be signed into law, and the president is expected to sign the bill. Because the BARR-reinstatement language is part of an annual appropriations bill, the language will remain in effect at least until the conclusion of the current fiscal year. "In the coming year, NBAA will work diligently to ensure the long-term continuation of the BARR program," Bolen noted.