FAA IACRA System Hit With Database Issues


The FAA’s Integrated Airman Certification and/or Rating Application (IACRA) system experienced several database issues on Monday, Feb. 27, resulting in a system restore and the loss of some user data, according to a notice issued by the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) on Thursday. The notice stated that the problem may have affected actions completed in IACRA between Feb. 27 and prior to noon central time on Feb. 28. The agency is currently working on retrieving what data it can.

“Registry is actively reviewing the restored data to determine what can be saved,” the FAASTeam wrote in Thursday’s notice. “Although we believe we will be able to retrieve completed applications, it is unlikely we will be able to restore them to IACRA. The Registry will be able to complete the certificate action for these files and save all relevant data to the Airman file.”

The FAA is asking individuals who might be affected by the data loss to wait until at least Tuesday, March 7, to check on their application status to “allow the Registry time to manually process the applications impacted.” Actions most likely to require redoing include account creation, password changes and signatures on applications. IACRA is currently still offline but is expected to return to service “soon.”

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. This explains it.

    I’m trying to get signed off for my commercial checkride and have been unable to get into IACRA.

    It’s usually quite a PIA to navigate but obviously now impossible.

    Always room for another obstacle.

  2. Every month of March on odd years A&P mechanics with an Inspection Authorization (IA) renew. Obviously the system wasn’t ready for this demand. If the system failure continues through March 31st is the FAA going to give extensions or just make all the IAs retest?

  3. No surprise. Just like the NOTAM fiasco last month. I am sure that FAA is directing resources to useless equity and inclusion initiatives that is doesn’t have time to properly maintain its systems or is hiring inadequately experienced personnel based on things other than competence. After I watched the confirmation hearing for the proposed FAA Administrator it is clear the administration has other priorities than hiring or appointing people who know what they are doing to lead this agency. Be prepared for more meltdowns.

      • Well, Steve, when I call the FAA to ask a question, the recording says they are currently just getting around to acting on inquiries received SIX MONTHS AGO. So maybe Jeffery has some valid points.

    • … a legit question. The DOT is obviously a “rudderless craft”, with an administration hellbent on saturating the leadership ranks with inept, unqualified “actors.” From burst pipelines to near misses to derailments — things will only get worse from here.