FAA re­leases test ver­sion of pi­lot records data­base

Hir­ing re­source meets Flight 3407 pro­vi­sion

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jerry Zrem­ski NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF

WASHINGTON – A fed­eral pi­lot records data­base – aimed at pre­vent­ing air­lines from mak­ing hir­ing mis­takes – be­gan to take shape Thurs­day, seven years af­ter Congress called for such an on­line re­source in avi­a­tion safety leg­is­la­tion passed in re­sponse to the 2009 crash of Con­ti­nen­tal Con­nec­tion Flight 3407 in Clarence.

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­leased its test ver­sion of the pi­lot records data­base, which will be­come the air­lines’ first one-stop-shop for search­ing fed­eral records on in­di­vid­ual pi­lots.

The agency hopes to even­tu­ally in­clude air­line records and state driv­ing records in the data­base, but the testrun ver­sion will im­me­di­ately al­low air­lines – at the touch of a but­ton – to check fed­eral records that they pre­vi­ously couldn’t get with­out a pi­lot’s ap­proval.

“This is a com­mon-sense re­source that will al­low air­lines to quickly and eas­ily check the qual­i­fi­ca­tions and back­ground of pi­lots be­fore they are hired,” said Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Repub­li­can who was serv­ing as

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