Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) identified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations regarding commercial airline pilot hiring practices; (2) assessed the type and availability of FAA pilot safety background information; and (3) determined whether airlines verified pilot safety background information.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to inform all airlines about how to access the Airman and Aircraft Registry; the Accident/Incident Data System; and the Enforcement Information System.|
|Department of Transportation||2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to encourage airlines to verify each pilot applicant's certificate validity with the Airman and Aircraft Registry and verify the pilot's flying safety history with FAA's Accident/Incident Data System and the Enforcement Information System and use this information in making pilot-hiring decisions.|