Until a few years ago, pilots could have their records exponged after a period of time and nobody was the wiser. Until the Feds in their over reaching infinite wisdom took that privilege away because of an airline accident where the airline said thy didnt know the pilot had prior indiscretions on his certificate or they wouldnt have hired him. This was a blow to all pilots who tangle with the jerks in the FAA over stupid stuff and get written up on bogus ego driven crapola. And no, im no too bitter.
Best line I ever heard, and can tell you which inpector, which office, and his name... and I quote.."that may be what it says but that is not what it means and you should know better"
And this is after he came into my LZ telling me how I was doing it wrong. I quoted him the FAR, and he said that isnt what it says. I pulled out my handy dandy copy, turned to the page and read it. He then said again, that isn't what it says and grabbed the book whereupon the statement came out of his mouth.
And for all of you people innocent to the ways of the FAA, it all goes into your file. Any encounters, and the ones with sensitive buttholes make it their mission to get you. Yes it is true, and yes I can back it up. But I digress.