December 05, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, today applauded the reinstatement of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program in S. 1596, the Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012. The restoration of the BARR program provides much-needed security to the general aviation community by protecting aircraft and flight information from public availability.
Congressional action followed after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) revised the BARR program earlier this year to only withhold flight information where a ‘valid security concern’ existed.
“The BARR program is essential to providing needed privacy to the general aviation community,” said Inhofe. “As a pilot, I understand the necessity to protect private information from being released to the general public. Otherwise, our nation fails to provide our nation’s pilots with privacy rights that they are not only entitled to – but deserve. I applaud my Senate colleagues for joining me in support of this measure.”