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NBAA, AOPA, EAA Planning Legal Challenge to DOT's Move to Dismantle Flight Blocking

Washington, DC, June 6, 2011 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today announced that they will mount a legal challenge to the decision by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. The three associations will seek an injunction to prevent the decision from taking effect and will ask the courts to invalidate the new policy… ( More...

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Matt Comerford 0
of course they're fighting it. they don't want the public to know how much they fly their private jets :)
Daniel Baker 0
The only one of those organizations that has a jet is AOPA, which [ is not blocked].
'Flight Blocking' has very little to do with "knowing how much they fly", and a lot to do with not letting competitors know which markets you are visiting or potential contracts a company may be going after. Also, as *private* citizens, do you want everyone knowing YOUR comings & goings? Then why don't they have the right to privacy? Entertainers also block their flights to try to avoid paparazzi.
Matt Comerford 0
I was just kidding Gringo... I fly little planes out of KDEC, world headquarters for Archer Daniels Midland... they have 6 big jets that are always traveling somewhere, I get the reason for blocking. In the end, this DOT decision will be overruled, we all know that.
Paul Claxon 0
I don't want everybody knowing where I'm going in my J-3 lol
Gene spanos 0
Didn't 9/11 teach those who want to remain ----a ghost at 30,000 feet?
it's all good...i did miss the sarcasm...there are so many people who do think that way though.
Back a couple years ago, when there were actually a few non-blocked aircraft flown (please, by flown I mean owned) by names we might recognize, I marveled at the frequency some of them were operated. And their destinations. Opinions vary, but perhaps the analogy is that of movie stardom. If you work enough (or in a few cases, let nepotism "help,") part of the price you pay is loss of privacy. And please, if a company with the juice to run their own aircraft has a competitor, the "spy" doesn't need FlightAware or the like to follow them.
canuck44 0
Matt...Decatur still has an airport? Have they renamed it after Dwayne Andreas yet. When I was there 29 years ago ADM only had two jets and a turbo prop and Staleys had a pair while most of the rest were doctors with GA licenses used to escape to mountains, lakes and oceans. Judy Locke was a tireless promoter from the Park Board.
ken young 0
i think we should be ale to track any flight we wish as long as national security is not compromised
Tim Eichman 0
Ken, when you become someone that the paparazzi, the press or a stalker wants to track, let us know how much you miss BARR...

Not that this affects me personally (don't own an A/C nor am I someone anyone cares to follow), but just because it doesn't directly affect me, it doesn't mean I shouldn't care. We all have a right to privacy, including the privacy of movement; it should be our choice whether we care to take advantage of that right (some celebrities thrive on the "chase", so they can choose not to use BARR).

The DOT's actions take away our right to not be stalked. What is next right you want to give away Ken?
ken young 0
Look, it takes quite a bit of digging to connect an aircraft ID to an individual. I track flights for fun. As a matter of fact, I really don't care to see the "N" ID of the aircraft. The moniker "UNK" with speed altitude departure and arrival is enough for me.
Really though if one wishes to really stalk, they can access flight plans if they go to the correct source.
Celebrities and other public figures by taking their respective occupations place themselves in a fish bowl. That's the price they must pay for being public figures.
Oh, constitutionally, there is no "right to privacy"...The 4th Amendment guarantees us the right to be secure in our persons and papers from unusual searches and seizures"....Tracking a flight is neither a search or a seizure.
I digress.
Arnold Aasen 0
This is just the start. Next they will want to track your car, boat, motorcycle your kids tricycle etc. etc....
Who all saw this? Regardless of your opinions it makes for interesting reading. If you subscribe to the WSJ you can read the article that spawned this, but be prepared to be pissed off no matter which way your sail bends.


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