Fri, Mar 11, 2011
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AIA said Wednesday it is very concerned that a new rule
proposed by the Transportation Department would constitute an
unnecessary and undesirable invasion of privacy, hampering the
mobility of citizens and companies. "The Block Aircraft
Registration Request program functions much like a 'Do Not Call'
list for private aircraft owners," said AIA President and CEO
Marion C. Blakey. "The rule that the FAA is proposing would strip
away that right to privacy."
Currently, private aircraft owners can choose to have access to
their private travel itineraries blocked to third parties. Through
its Aircraft Situation Display Information and National Airspace
System Status Information data, the FAA has all the information it
needs to monitor the movement of legally registered aircraft for
safety and security reasons. The rule proposed in Docket No.
FAA–2011–0183 would make available the personal and
business itineraries of law-abiding citizens to anyone requesting
them, unless the aircraft owner could demonstrate a "Valid Security
American companies need to be able to operate and explore new
business opportunities free from surveillance or competitive
interference. For example, under the proposed rule, business
competitors would be able to track the movements of private
aircraft owners, making it easier to discern their proprietary
"When Americans get in their cars, they don't have to worry that
strangers are able to follow their every movement," said Blakey.
"Why should citizens who fly their own aircraft be subject to such
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