FAA Pilot Record Database: The New PRIA

The FAA is deploying a new database of pilot information to replace the cumbersome PRIA request process. PRD will automate the PRIA process. Phase I of The Pilot Records Database (PRD) rolls out early this year. The remaining phases will deploy over the next few years. What does this mean for Part 91 and Part 135 operators?

Phase I

This phase provides air carriers and fractional operators with immediate access to pilot records. Eligible employees of air carriers, operators, and fractional ownership programs may request access to the PRD by registering at http://prd.faa.gov/ (once deployed). Pilots holding commercial or ATP certificates may also access PRD.

During this phase, the following information is available in PRD:

  • The pilot’s consent to release records
  • A list of previous employers that the individual served as a pilot
  • The current Airman Certificates, associated ratings, and any limitations to the certificate or ratings
  • The date and certificate grade sought for any failed attempt to pass a practical test required to obtain a certificate or type rating under 14 CFR part 61 (on or after August 1, 2010)
  • The current medical certificate including its class and any limitations
  • Closed enforcement information
  • An accident and/or incident event(s) summary

Phase II

At the completion of Phase II, air carriers and operators must use PRD to obtain records maintained by the FAA. During this phase, air carriers and operators must continue to request FAA records from a pilot’s current and/or previous employers. Until all phases are implemented, the PRIA and Advisory Circular (AC) 120-68, Pilot Records Improvement Act and the Pilot Records Database remain in effect.

Phase III

Once Phase II is implemented, air carriers and operators will exclusively use the new PRD.

Word of caution:  In Connecticut in 2015, Nelson vs. Tradewind Aviation, Mr. Nelson received a monetary verdict after an employer gave unnecessary and defamatory information response to a PRIA request. PRD records contains sensitive information. Only share PRIA records with employees that have a need-to-know basis, and keep records locked in a file drawer or password protected on a computer.

Read the PRD Notice here.