Suppose that on some aviation-related Internet discussion forum, one comes across contributions from a user who claims to either be training for a pilot's license, or to have a pilot's license.
However, the nature of their contributions are such as to call into reasonable doubt whether that person should be flying at all, or at least flying without an instructor closely monitoring from the next seat over in the cockpit.
Not being a forum administrator, there is no way for the person seeing these contributions from being able to access detailed records of the user's activity, such as IP addresses they are browsing from or e-mail addresses associated with their account. However, it stands to reason that the forum records these details.
The user making the claims says to be within the EU, and for simplicity's sake let's assume that the user noticing the claims is within the EU, but the two are not necessarily within the same EU country, so it's not as easy as just contacting one's national authority and be done with it. The forum itself may be hosted outside of the EU, but with a worldwide audience.
If one wants to, for the sake of aviation safety, bring such a situation to the attention of the competent authorities to be looked into, then how would one go about doing so?
- How does one determine which authorities to contact? For example, which country's authorities should be contacted initially, and how to locate the proper authority/authorities within that country?
- Who (which function) at those authorities should/does one likely interact with? (Basically, if hypothetically calling their switchboard phone number, what to ask for?)
- What information is likely to be needed in an initial report, so that one can compile it prior to contacting the authorities in question?