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To address the online tracking services, the FAA has instituted a procedure where you can block your aircraft from being tracked by the online service providers. The Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program administered by FAA allows the owner or operator to send an email to the FAA requesting that ASDI flight information be blocked.

Mr. Lapayowker has personally handled the following transactions, among others:

Negotiated the purchase of one of the first Boeing Business Jets and Bombardier Global Express aircraft, and the first operational Eurocopter EC 155B VIP-configured helicopter delivered in the United States.

Represented an aircraft owner in connection with arrangements for having its aircraft appear in the MGM major motion picture James Bond 007 Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig.

Are Private Aircraft Really Private?

A quick look at the FAA web site can show you the name of the registered owner of a U.S. registered aircraft. A search of the FAA records can yield all of the registration related and financing documents. A point and click on one of the flight tracking web sites such as Flightaware can show you the name of the registered owner and recent flights of the aircraft (departure locations and destinations). You can even subscribe and order a history of those flights.

To address the online tracking services, the FAA has instituted a procedure where you can block your aircraft from being tracked by the online service providers. The Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program administered by FAA allows the owner or operator to send an email to the FAA requesting that ASDI flight information be blocked. The FAA will implement the block within several weeks of the request.

With respect to the FAA web site, solutions include having the aircraft held in the name of an owner trustee or in the name of a company organized in a jurisdiction that does not disclose the names of directors or officers or the address of the company. The weakness in many of these solutions is that, for example, in the case of an LLC, the FAA requires disclosure of all members and managers of the LLC all the up through the ownership chain of LLCs, and in the case of an owner trust, one can obtain a copy of the trust agreement from the FAA records and see the name of the beneficial owner (so care would need to be taken with that entity).

Many times, the privacy desired is defeated by one simple problem: the owner does not want to change the registration number of the aircraft to something generic and desires to keep a registration number on the aircraft that everyone knows is associated with that person or company.

While steps can be taken to make it more difficult to identify an aircraft owner, complete anonymity is not likely possible unless one were to register the aircraft outside the U.S. (which comes with a host of other issues).

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