Many professions are experiencing increased stress in the workplace and society in general has seen more emotional stability issues than previous generations. The FAA has established thorough tests which assess the skills of pilots on an initial and recurrent basis; the standards for the physical health of ATPs are also rigorous.
This incident in Colorado/Utah is the second recent warning that these general trends may be impacting that cockpit. Clearly, these are but two incidents among a population of many, many PICs and SICs. Also, the stress evidenced seems to derive from different casual precipitants.
Thus, this is not a call that the sky is falling, but given the extraordinary attention which anything aviation attracts on Capitol Hill, the FAA might be well advised to issue a press release or some sort of notice in which the Administrator takes the initiative away from potential Congressional oversight. A well worded announcement issued soon might prevent overreaction. The pronouncement might include statements such as: these two events have been noticed, that the Civil Aviation Medical Institute is calling a panel to assess the risk and that any preventative actions, if needed, would be an expected result.
An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of sure in this delicate, but highly visible issue of aviation safety.Share this article: