Congress Reinstates Barr Program

Air Force One
President Obama, who signed the bill that reinstated Barr, boards Air Force One, arguably the world's most recognizable business jet.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 2:30pm

The U. S. Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program has been reinstated, at least through Sept. 30, 2012. On November 18, President Obama signed an appropriations bill containing language that reverses Barr’s August dismantling. Now, National Business Aviation Association officials are in discussions with the FAA regarding the logistics involved in resurrecting the program. The NBAA said it expects to receive more guidance from the FAA shortly “but at this point it is clear that anyone currently blocking their movements as part of the FAA’s Certified Security Program will not have a gap in their ‘blocked’ status.” The FAA created the Certified Security Program post-Barr to allow operators with “bona fide” security concerns to block their tail numbers from online flight-tracking sites. According to the NBAA, operators will no longer need to certify or even reference a “valid security concern” to have their blocking request accepted. Such requests can now be sent to

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais