Aviation license refers to permits to fly aircraft that are issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), establishing that the holder has met a specific set of knowledge and experience requirements. The certified pilot can then exercise a specific set of privileges in that nation's airspace. In addition, U.S. pilots are certified, not licensed, although the word license is still commonly used informally. Legally, pilot certificates can be revoked by administrative action, whereas licensing (e.g., a driver's license) requires intervention by the judiciary system.
A marine license is a permit given to a person who holds a license issued by one or more countries to hold senior positions aboard ships, boats, and similar vessels. The United States Coast Guard grants licenses to members of the United States Merchant Marine in five categories: deck officers, engineers, staff officers, radio officers, and pilots.
Aviation and Maritime agency owners and managers are more concerned than ever about the security of their employees, business assets, and personal safety. High turnover rates, transient workers, and resume fraud are just a few of the factors that have made it much more difficult for business owners and human resource professionals to feel certain that they are hiring the right people for their companies. Particularly in turbulent economic times, organizations should look toward maintaining stability in order to keep costs down and increase worker productivity.
Our solution is designed to make the verification process as stress-free as possible. At Credential Research® we will obtain a copy of an individual’s record on file with the FAA on behalf of the air carrier or operator. The name and Title of the agency representative who provided the information will be included in our report.
Credential Research® will make use of the Merchant Mariner Credential Verification tool that was created by the U.S. Coast Guard following Operation Big Tow, a marine safety operation focused on ensuring uninspected towing vessels are being operated by properly licensed individuals. The operation identified the need for an open and rapid means of verifying the validity of merchant mariner credentials. The Merchant Mariner Credential Verification tool provides marine employers the means to ensure they are hiring mariners with valid credentials. It also allows Port State Control officers in foreign ports a real-time capability to verify U.S. mariners' credentials.
Under the authority of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a), Credential Research will submit a request for an FAA verification letter of a certificate holder for accidents, incidents and certificate Enforcement History (FAA AIE). This type of request is generally made under 14 CFR Part 91.
In addition to the type of information contained in the FAA AIE request, Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIA) may include a wider range of information taken from the accident/incident/enforcement data systems, the service difficulty reporting system, or the PTRS tracking system.