FAA releases test version of pilot records database
Hiring resource meets Flight 3407 provision
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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