I have never reported reckless behavior by other pilots to the FAA, but I have thought about it several times. The only problem is that usually I will only know the tail number, not the name of the pilot. Since the owner of the aircraft may be different than the one flying it, how does one go about making sure the complaint is filed against the right person?


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The FAA provides an online reporting tool here under "FAA Hotline Web Form" (direct link here) I would say it falls under "aviation concern". In your description if you include tail number and time they should be able to figure out who was flying (or in the cockpit if its a 2 man situation). You can also contact your local FSDO and report the tail number and time of incident. Aircraft owners/renters (the people the tail number will trace back to) will more than likely know who was flying a given tail number at a certain time so as long as you know when it happened you should be ok its not necessarily on you to know who was flying but the tail number and incident time is key.

  • $\begingroup$ The safety reporting page has moved to faa-aae.my.site.com/s/hotline $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ Thinking about that link more, it seems odd that we now have to report to a non .gov site, but it's real. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 20:26
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, the following link redirects to the above page. It looks like a more durable option: hotline.faa.gov $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ Yet another update... The online reporting tool seems to no longer exist - only the local email and phone options. Please share here if you know of a functioning online form. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 21:28
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    $\begingroup$ @GaTechThomas I have updated the link, it appears that the hotline link you found is indeed the legitimate one. $\endgroup$
    – Dave
    Commented Feb 20, 2023 at 4:38

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