NBAA Issues Statement on BARR Debate

Early this week, NBAA President Ed Bolen issued a statement regarding the ongoing review by the Department of Transportation of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. There has been a move to restrict participation in the program, which allows aircraft operators to conceal their registration numbers from data released to online flight tracking programs such as flightaware.com. Bolen said the DOT has given NBAA the opportunity to "gather and present information" which it did on Tuesday Feb. 15, following a request for input from NBAA members. He also said NBAA has been informed by the DOT it will issue a notice inviting comments on the issue before taking action on any plan to change the program.