The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has applauded Senate passage of an appropriations bill with language reinstating the Block Aircraft Registration (BARR) programme.
"We thank the Senate for approving this bill with language to restore the BARR programme, and we hope the House will finalize legislation to reinstate the programme as soon as possible," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
?The language is included in H.R. 2112, a funding package for several government agencies, including the Department of Transportation. Section 119A of the bill 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 bill, which passed November 1 by a 69-30 vote, now returns to the House for final consideration. In September, Rep. Tom Latham (R-4-IA), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, included a similar provision to preserve the BARR in a House version of the appropriations bill.