Tue May 04, 2021 10:28 am #1844827
As someone who makes regular use of the G-INFO database to link ICAO Hex ID’s for specific aircraft to their new EC devices, or to try to track down and resolve ‘rogue’ dual transmitting airframes (heaps of these with the recent batch of new EC installs), I find the accessibility of such information extremely useful, and would quite frankly struggle without it.
I nonetheless share concerns about the ready availability of Full Owner Details - particularly (Home) addresses. I was also shocked to discover recently that the full content of the database is available commercially on ‘disc’ to anyone prepared to pay the CAA’s stated fee. You can even buy a subscription! I’m sure that was never the intention of the ICAO when they made the ruling on openness.
(PilotAware Development Team)
It’s been discussed before, and I have previously questioned why the data isn’t treated the same as the electoral register or the DVLA car database.
The basic details of the aircraft reg and hex etc could all be available publicly online. The personal details of the owners and addresses should only be available for legitimate enquiries and only available on request and with a suitable admin fee. The full register should still be available to all enquirers to view in person at Gatwick during a prearranged appointment with the appropriate fee for an appointment. This would satisfy ICAO, open government and data protection in one go.