Aviation Safety: Better Guidance and Training Needed on Providing Files on Pilots' Background Information
DIANE Publishing, Nov 1, 2002 - Transportation - 126 pages
In 1996, Congress enacted the Pilot Records Improvement Act to keep unsafe pilots out of the cockpits of commercial aircraft. This study was performed to determine: (1) whether air carries have complied with the act by requesting and receiving key documents about pilots' qualifications, performance, and training from the Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA), the National Driver Register, and other carriers and whether these documents have been provided on time; (2) whether carriers are aware of requirements for protecting pilots' rights; (3) what FAA has done to oversee compliance with the act; and (4) whether carriers believe the act has helped them make pilot-hiring decisions. Charts and tables.
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121 carriers reported 135 carriers 30 days Actions to Comply advisory circular air carrier Background Check Requirements calendar year 2000 carrier officials carriers are reported Carriers Found PRIA carriers we surveyed certificates compliance with PRIA Comply with Background copy data results database disciplinary actions enforcement actions FAA and NDR FAA records FAA's Federal Aviation Administration final hiring decisions flight FOIA footnote 9 former employer Found PRIA Records GAO analysis good-faith exception guidance hire pilots interviewed least one request motor vehicle agencies National Driver Register NDR information noted in chapter NTSB number of requests obtain percent Percentage pilot applicants Pilot Records Improvement pilots hired PRIA files PRIA information PRIA Records Helpful PRIA requests PRIA's implementation Protecting Pilots records from FAA Records Improvement Act records within 30 reported differently request to FAA requested records Requirements Are Increasing Requirements for Protecting responding to PRIA responses survey appendixes Worth the Cost
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