On June 2, 2011, the FAA released a notice detailing its plan to virtually eliminate the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) have petitioned for a stay in the change to this program pending a greater examination of its usefulness.
Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc. (“EAA”) supports the petitioners, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in both their motion to stay and the ultimate relief sought. EAA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with 170,000 members of which 84% are certificated pilots and 78% hold an ownership interest in one or more aircraft. EAA consists of 919 local chapters spread across the U.S.
On behalf of EAA, SmithAmundsen attorney, Alan L. Farkas, composed a brief outlining the group’s position that the FAA’s change is abrupt and unexplained and that proposed changes intrude on pilot privacy, diminish safety, fail to deliver on the FAA’s stated goals and violates significant aspects of the FAA’s safety mandate.