Transportation Departments Office of Inspector General (OIG). The audit also reveals incomplete information in thousands of pilot and aircraft registration records. Along with putting pilots personal information at risk, the OIG says the deficiencies could hinder accident investigations and pilot security screenings required under the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. FAA has not implemented needed security controls over the registrys configuration and account management to mitigate the risk of unauthorized access to PII [personally identifiable information], the OIG says of the pilot database. When applying for a license, pilots must submit their social security number, date of birth, a record of pilot flight time and test results.
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Commercial pilots are subject to random drug and alcohol testing. (visit site) There’s no such requirement for general aviation pilots. In a statement, the FAA said it “believes education pilots to make themselves aware of the potential detrimental effects of medications is the most effective way to address this issue.” In an FAA brochure entitled ” Medications and Flying ,” the FAA tells pilots they should not fly while using any medication whose side effects include “lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness or visual disturbance.” Of course, any warning against “operating motor vehicles or machinery” while on the medication is also a red flag. The FAA’s own study of fatal accidents between 2004 and 2005 found that drugs and medications were found in 42 percent of pilots who died in plane crashes.
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The new regulations are required under a sweeping aviation safety law enacted in 2010 in response to the crash of a regional airliner near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people. The crash was blamed on pilot error. The regulations are a victory for some family members of victims of the air crash who dedicated countless hours over the last four and a half years first to lobby Congress for passage of the law and later to lobby the Obama administration to carry through with the regulations despite industry opposition. The law required the FAA implement a series of safety regulations.
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