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#1787717
Hi,

I flew weekly some 5 years ago while working towards my PPL before moving away at which point I discontinued by training. I started flying with another school nearby a year ago but decided to stop as I did not like the PA-28 compared to the C172 I was familiar with. I felt like I was starting all over again despite having 50 hours under my belt.

Now another year has gone by. I asked for my flight training record/notes to be returned to me, though the Flight School in question refuse to do so and will only send them to another school. - Despite the fact that I gave my previous notes/records to them in the first place!

I don't want to be on bad terms with them, hence asking on here - But is there some rule preventing them from giving it to me directly?

Thank you

Rich
#1787746
Schools are understandably reluctant to part with training records - they need them to cover their backsides in case there is a claim that a particular student was not taught properly. There may well be a legal requirement to keep them too.
That said, I can't see why they wouldn't let you have photocopies, apart from the hassle - have you offered to pay for their time spent retrieving them etc?

Edited to add - I just checked. According to the guidance I have the school should keep them for a minimum of two years after the final entry.
#1787784
It may well be that a new school can only use a copy that comes from another ATO/FTO so they know they are not changed by a student, but I suspect rect that under the data protection legislation they cannot refuse you insight in your record, or even must destroy them if you so wish.
#1787785
I would ask for copies just in case the current school goes bust before you start with another.

If you are going to get your license though, you probably was to find a school you do like at get stuck in. All these breaks aren't helping.
#1787797
It's a simple procedure. Their records have to be kept by them, even if you gave them your previous records when you joined. They just became part of their records. You may have a right to get back just the bit you gave them, but the previous school should not have given you those originals in the first place.

The procedure is:

You formally ask them to send copies of their training records to your new chosen school. They do not send their originals to anyone. If they fail to send the copies to the new school in a reasonable amount of time you complain to the CAA.
#1787831
ArrowStraight wrote:
You formally ask them to send copies of their training records to your new chosen school. They do not send their originals to anyone. If they fail to send the copies to the new school in a reasonable amount of time you complain to the CAA.


Indeed, but that is not what I understand the OP is asking. He doesn't say he is resuming training at a new school. He just says he wants the records from the school he was training at for himself. No mention of what he wants to do with them.
#1787837
You can request copies for yourself under the data protection act, but no right to the originals.

Each school should have a data retention policy which states for how long they will be kept. That would be at least as long as any training expires for use for a rating (not sure how long that is).