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Pilot Mental Health
In 2015 Germanwings highlighted Pilot Mental Health Second Burjeel Medical Aviation Congress adds some useful thoughts Three recent medical journals make excellent suggestions The FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine has as one of its missions…
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.”
On December 9, EASA proposed new operational rules to better support pilot mental fitness, most of which seem to be correct. However, there might be some ambiguities that need to be resolved and refined.
EASA issued a regulatory framework to address cockpit mental health. FAA suggested including some interdiction points beyond the government.
FAA’s “thinking before jumping” resulted in a list of recommendations which will minimize the risk of pilot mental health issues in future flights.
The EASA work has flaws and some of those problems may have been the product of trying to respond quickly.
A more precise answer by the DoT might have mentioned that on May 11, the FAA issued the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee Charter.