Is there any easy way to check to see if a CFI or commercial pilot has had past problems with the FAA? The question came to me after an old thread in one of the aviation forums pointed me to this crash report: https://www.wfsb.com/news/waterbury-flight-instructor-among-killed-in-ny-plane-crash/article_06e41c00-d066-11e8-a98c-7beca823cc54.html
The report says the pilot had had several enforcement actions against him, including having his CFI certificate revoked for falsifying logbook entries. My guess is his two passengers would have liked to know this before going on their fatal flight. The FAA certificate database only shows his ratings, not the enforcement actions. Where else could they have looked?