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Voice Recorder Replacement Program/Digital Audio Legal Recorder (VRRP/DALR)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Air Traffic Organization (ATO) owns the  Voice Recorder Replacement Program/Digital Audio Legal Recorder (VRRP/DALR) voice recording system installed and used at FAA air traffic control facilities throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). The system records audio conversations consisting of voice navigational instructions from Air Traffic Controllers and responses from the flight crew (such as a pilot) confirming that they received the instruction. The conversations ensure planes are properly spaced, where they are to take off or land and altitude at which they should be flying and help determine whether instructions were timely, appropriate, confirmed, and followed. The recordings are used for air traffic quality assurance (ATQA), legal compliance, search/rescue, and public requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

The FAA is developing this Privacy Impact Assessment in accordance with Section 208 of the E-Government Act of 2002 because VRRP/DALR collects information that may be considered Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from members of the public, most notably pilots (civilian and military) of flights throughout the NAS.

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Last updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2024