““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Senate Votes to Reinstate Barr Program
The Senate has passed a bill that would reinstate the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, which allowed aircraft owners to block public access to tail numbers. “We thank the Senate for approving this bill…and we hope the House will finalize [companion] legislation to reinstate the program as soon as possible,” said Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). While the House considers doing that, the NBAA and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association are moving ahead with a lawsuit against the FAA, seeking to force it to reinstate Barr, which it dismantled last August. Court hearings in that case are set to start December 3.