Higgins Announces Movement on Pilot Records Database
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the final rule for the Pilot Records Database has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for review. This is a final step toward implementation of the measure which has been advanced following the crash of Flight 3407.
Higgins said, “We will never get back what was lost on that tragic night. But all Americans have those who lost the most, the Families of Flight 3407, to thank for the incredible gains made in flight safety. The Pilot Records Database is a piece of that puzzle that remains missing.”
The Pilot Records Database was required in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill of 2010 approved by Congress and signed into law. It has been in a beta test phase since December 2017. Through the database, a commercial airline will be able to see information regarding employment history, training, certifications, and status of national driver registry records.
New rules related to pilot qualifications and training, measures to reduce pilot fatigue and requirements that provide consumers with added transparency have previously been implemented, leaving the Pilot Records Database as the last outstanding recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Administration following the crash and required under the 2010 law.
Higgins has been pushing for Pilot Records Database to be finalized, most recently leading a letter calling on the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Office of Budget and Management to finally and formally put the database in place.
This summer Higgins marked the 10th anniversary of the law’s passage with remarks on the House floor paying tribute to the tireless work of the Families of Flight 3407 to ensure other families wouldn’t face the same tragedy.