WASHINGTON D.C.-Alaskan Congressman Don Young joined several colleagues this week in introducing the BARR Preservation Act.
In the past, the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program has allowed general aviation aircraft users to opt out of having their flight information made available to the public. However, with the FAA’s recent decision to curtail this decade-old policy and start allowing public access to all general aviation aircraft flight information, this legislation was needed to continue the BARR program. Specifically, the legislation would allow both individuals and companies to opt out of having their flight information tracked by the general public.
“Plain and simple, the FAA was wrong to roll back this program,” saidRep. Young. “I have heard from pilots from all across Alaska who are worried about what doors this decision will open. Alaskan pilots should be the ones deciding who has access to their flight information, not the Federal government. I will continue to work with my colleagues in both the House and Senate on passing a long-term FAA authorization with the hope that it will resolve the BARR issue. However, until then, I urge all of my colleagues to support this crucial legislation to ensure America’s aviation enthusiasts’ privacy is protected.”
Earlier this year, Congressman Young joined his colleagues on the General Aviation Caucus in sending a letter to Secretary of Transportation LaHood regarding their continued support of the BARR program. That letter can be seen here.