Skip to comments.Watchdog: FAA 8 years away from pilot database (started five years ago)
Posted on 08/26/2015 4:38:29 PM PDT by Libloather
Washington (CNN)The Federal Aviation Administration has delayed creating a critical database, which Congress mandated, to help keep track and weed out poorly trained pilots.
The system to log pilot training, required in 2010 after the last fatal crash on a U.S. carrier identified flight-crew deficiencies, wont be completed until at least 2020, the Transportation Departments Inspector General said in a report issued Monday.
I should think that the airlines should also like to have the best trained people they can find. It’s their livery and their reputation.
One would think they would want to trumpet it loud and clear.
The Tea Party database works great.
“I should think that the airlines should also like to have the best trained people they can find. Its their livery and their reputation.”
That might be true for US flag carriers, but not so for foreign flagged ones, particularly Korean. I had a commentary provided to me directly by another Freeper written by a US airline pilot who worked training crews at both Asiana and KAL. These “pilots” can’t fly the plane without the help of the on-board computers. And when he started failing pilots, he was fired! All you have to do is look at the decent and airspeed profile for the Asiana plane that “crashed” at San Francisco. The ILS was inop on the active and even though it was a CAVU day these guys crashed because they couldn’t do a coupled approach and had to fly the plane manually. And they ‘log” lots of hours flying across the Pacific, but for most of the flight, they just sit there and let the autopilot do all the work. You fly on foreign flag airlines at your peril. The pilots who really know how to fly are the guys with airlines like Southwest who are making dozens of takeoffs and landings every day and are dealing with all sorts of weather conditions!
Whether they knew how to actually handle their ship or not, I cant say. At least they found the right airport and didn't accidentally approach Van Nuys, or something. :)
How does a database of FAA certificated pilots keep track of pilots who hold certificates from other countries?
“How does a database of FAA certificated pilots keep track of pilots who hold certificates from other countries?”
I’m no longer an active pilot so I am not sure, but it would be my guess that if you operate an aircraft in this country, the FAA has to have some indication that you know what you’re doing. Particularly if its a commercial aircraft. I know my son went to Australia and was not allowed to fly a private plane with his FAA Private License.
“if you operate an aircraft in this country, the FAA has to have some indication that you know what youre doing. Particularly if its a commercial aircraft.”
The aircraft and the pilots are certificated by the country of origin. The maintenance records for the aircraft, the pilot records, none of that is under the authority of the FAA. The FAA does do an initial audit and a recurring audit to verify compliance with safety standards to allow foreign air carriers to enter the United States. But pilots come and go during these periods, so, no, the FAA is not up-to-date with training records, deficiencies, etc.
give me 1/10th the budget and 1/10th the time-to-deadline and I’ll make the database and cash in big time while doing it
They are government employees and they gotta take breaks, sick leave, annual leave, holidays, training days, certification days, attend out of town conferences, attend staff meetings, and the list is endless which only leaves 4 hours a year to work on the database .... get the hell off our backs already!!!!!
So you don’t have to have a type certificate in the a/c your flying if it’s a commercial airliner? I’d be really surprised it that were the case. The FAA has to have flight standards for crews operating a/c coming into this country.
If the aircraft weighs more the 12,500 pounds or is powered by turbojet engines, you need a type rating added to your commercial certificate or your airline transport certificate.
But foreign countries have their own certification agencies. The European Union has one agency called EASA that has a common certification process for all the participating members. Canada has their own certification process through Transport Canada. Mexico, the South American countries, etc. all have their own certification agencies, like our FAA. So a FAA database is not systematically tracking foreign pilots.
Think about it. This is the same gummint that the libtards want to decide who should and shouldn’t have 2A Rights. They can’t even decide who should be able to fly commercial aircraft, apparently.
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