Which entities are most culpable in the deaths of these two accidents? Perhaps NTSB is pressured not to declare accidents as having medical causes, when in fact, these accidents were definitively medically caused.
Pilot medical fitness
A new study about pilot mental health published by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concludes “hundreds of pilots currently flying are managing depressive symptoms perhaps without the possibility of treatment due to the fear of negative career impacts.”
It might be time for the Administrator and the Federal Air Surgeon to reconsider the standards, processes and positions on the 3rd Class Medical issues. The recent 0-3 record should merit a Stand Down with the Administrator and the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety to assess whether these three cases are indicative of broader issues.
The FAA issued a very short press release on its issuance of its Final Rule on the 3rd Class Medical Certificate. As with so much in Washington, what agency states in the issuance of a rule and what was truly behind it may have some degrees of variance.
The NTSB knows aviation safety, but the insurance industry knows risk quantification. Amazingly, the private market is even better than the omniscient ones at OMB.
ARTICLE: FAA’s medical institute marks 50 years The Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, located at Oklahoma City’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, trains pilots and flight crews on crash survival. While the UAV industry is working hard…