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FAA Adopts Pilot Record-Keeping Rule. Here’s Why It Happened And Why It’s Problematic.

The rule might have been adopted in good faith, but the actuality could be a disaster for pilots and operators.

FAA Adopts New Pilot Record-Keeping Rule

Over objections from pilots and the groups that represent them, the FAA has adopted a sweeping new rule creating a pilot record database. The 232-page rule will go into effect in 60 days after its publication, so around the end of July 2021. Within one year, companies affected by the new rule will need to start using the records database, and within two years, the FAA will require “complete historical record reporting,” though in this case, “complete” mercifully means “for the last seven years, or, since 2015,” by which point operators will need to have a complete historic record for every pilot they’ve employed since that time.

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