Glossary of Terms

12-5 Rule

Certain aircraft operators using aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or more carry out security measures. This rule requires that certain aircraft operators conduct criminal history records check on their flightcrew members, and restrict access to the flight deck.

Adverse Action

(i) a denial or cancellation of, an increase in any charge for, or a reduction or other adverse or unfavorable change in the terms of coverage or amount of, any insurance, existing or applied for, in connection with the underwriting of insurance; (ii) a denial of employment or any other decision for employment purposes that adversely affects any current or prospective employee; (iii) a denial or cancellation of, an increase in any charge for, or any other adverse or unfavorable change in the terms of, any license or benefit described in section 604(a)(3)(D) [§ 1681b]; and (iv) an action taken or determination that is (I) made in connection with an application that was made by, or a transaction that was initiated by, any consumer, or in connection with a review of an account under section 604(a)(3)(F)(ii)[§1681b]; and (II) adverse to the interests of the consumer.

Source: The Fair Credit Reporting Act As amended, Public Law 107-56 (October 26, 2001


Alien Flight Student Program


Using biological characteristic (e.g. fingerprint) for identification.


Custody and Control Form


Fingerprint-based criminal history records check. (Available to Part 121, 135 operators or Screeners)

Criminal Background Check

Non-fingerprint based check of criminal records via county, state or federal databases.

Covered Employee

Any person performing specified safety-sensitive functions (directly or by contract for an employer).

D&A Check

(Drug & Alcohol History Check) Drug and alcohol testing record check of an applicant/employee seeking to begin performing safety-sensitive duties for the first time (e.g., a new hire, an employee that transfers into a safety sensitive function), with DOT-regulated employers who have employed the applicant/employee during any period of two years before the date of the employee’s application or transfer.


DCA Standard Security Program


Designated Employee Representative


A part 121 certificate holder, a part 135 certificate holder, an operator defined in 14 CFR 135.1(c), or an air traffic control facility not operated by or under contract with the FAA or U.S.military. These are currently the only entities directly covered by the anti-drug rule. (Also "covered employer.")


Fixed Base Operator which is a commercial business granted the right by an airport to operate on the airport and provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, etc.


Fingerprint Control Form

Identity Check

A check person's identity via name and social match and places of residence in past 7 years.


Motor Vehicle Registration Check.


Medical Review Officer.


National Air Transportation Association


National Driver Registry Check.


National Fingerprint Collection Clearinghouse


Private Charter Standard Security Program

Permanent Bar Check

Drug and alcohol history check of a covered employee who has verified positive drug test results on two drug tests required by appendix I to part 121 and conducted after September 19, 1994; or a covered employee who has engaged in prohibited drug use during the performance of a safety-sensitive function after September 19, 1994; or a covered employee determined to have violated the prohibited alcohol-related conduct provisions, other than on-duty use, twice after the employee becomes subject to the prohibitions; or a covered employee who has violated the on-duty use of alcohol probation. Safety-sensitive function (FAA) A function listed in section III of appendix I to 14 CFR part 121.


Pilot Record Improvement Act. Pilots flying for Part 135 or Part 121 operators are subject to Air Carriers Records Check, FAA Records Check and National Driver Records Check in accordance with the PRIA Act of 1996. PRIA must be completed within pilots first 30 days of employment with the Part 135 or 121 operator.


Substance Abuse Professional.


Secured Identification Display Area.


Sensitive Security Information


Twelve-Five Standard Security Program


Transportation Worker Identification Card.