The FAA announced in a December 2, 2011 Press Release that, “effective immediately, general aviation or on-demand charter aircraft owners or operators seeking to keep their aircraft’s registration number from being displayed over public data systems during flight no longer need to submit a Certified Security Concern to the FAA.” As you may recall, on June 3, 2011 the FAA issued a policy that required aircraft owners or operators to submit a Certified Security Concern in order to have their aircraft tail number blocked from view on the FAA’s Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) or National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI).
This change in policy represented a reversal of its longstanding implementation of BARR and allowing aircraft owners and operators to block their tail numbers without having to justify their reasons to the FAA. However, according to the Press Release, “[o]wners and operators seeking to have their aircraft tail number blocked from these data feeds can now submit a blocking request directly to the FAA without stating a reason for the request.”
If you would like to have your tail number blocked, you may submit your blocking request to the FAA via e-mail. You should send the following information to the FAA at “CertifiedSecurityConcern@faa.gov”:
- Aircraft owner or operator name;
- Email address the FAA can utilize to communicate with the aircraft owner/operator about the blocking request;
- Call sign (Tail Number) to be blocked – multiple tail numbers (call signs) can be submitted in one request; and
- Blocking level desired (ASDI Vendor Level or FAA).
If you don’t have access to e-mail, you may submit your blocking request to the FAA via regular mail to: FAA Certified Security Concern, ATO System Operations Services, Room 1002, 800 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20591.