PRIA or the Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996 is a record recording/reporting system which requires Part 121, 125, and 135 operations to request, receive, and evaluate certain information concerning a pilot/applicant’s training, experience, qualification, and safety background, before allowing that individual to begin service as a pilot with their company. Furthermore, PRIA allows an air carrier to request FAA records including verification of the medical certificate, pilot or mechanic certificate, or any other authorized certificate held by an airman (generally under 14 CFR Part 91), accident and incident information, and FAA enforcement information.
On the FAA side of PRIA, only final certificate actions fully adjudicated and closed, resulting in a finding of a violation and not subsequently overturned, are required to be released by PRIA. Information related to no actions, administrative actions, or certificate actions that are in process (pending, open, or under appeal) will not be released under PRIA.
Most often the problem most airmen experience with PRIA is when previous employers include falsified or incriminating records in their personnel file. Unfortunately, false or potentially incriminating information can affect an airmen’s ability to obtain work with different air carriers. In these situations, once the airman reviews his/her PRIA records, he or she may submit a written statement to correct any inaccuracy or omission in the records. The hiring employer will include your statement in the PRIA-related records file that it compiles on you to represent your viewpoint concerning those records or entries. Furthermore, such records could be grounds for legal liability if the records the company maintains in your file is known to be false and maintained in violation of a criminal statute.
If you have any questions about PRIA and/or how it may affect you or your career, call your aviation attorney at The Ison Law Firm. A letter from your attorney may help correct any inaccuracies or falsities in your PRIA record.