Posted by: bluesyemre | March 31, 2015

How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots?


Following the crash of a German airliner in France on Tuesday in which all 150 passengers and crew died, speculation about the mental health of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has been growing.

Jon White spoke to professor of psychology and aviation mental health expertRobert Bor about how the industry monitors the health of flight crew.

Who oversees pilot safety in the aviation industry?
At the regulatory level, various bodies such as the Federal Aviation Administration in the US and the European Aviation Safety Agency are responsible for ensuring safe piloting of aircraft. They will require each airline to carry out its own checks.

How often do pilots have health checks?
Every airline pilot has to have medical checks carried out by an authorised medical examiner once or twice a year, depending on the kind of licence they have.

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