FAA Just Says No to Public Access

 - September 14, 2006, 7:41 AM

To encourage more industry participation in its voluntary disclosure reporting program (VDRP), the FAA is proposing that information provided to the agency from that program be protected from public access, including under the Freedom of Information Act. The program, adopted in 1998 and described in AC-00-58, provides a way for a certificate holder to voluntarily report apparent FAR violations within its own organization and take steps to correct them without being subject to FAA penalties. Separately, the FAA expanded the VDRP to managers of fractional ownership programs for a one-year test basis.