They say statistics can prove everything or nothing. If you've been following the number of aviation incidents over the last few years you could be forgiven for thinking the world of aviation is going mad but you'd be wrong. Those who know say 2014 actually set a new record for the least number of commercial aviation accidents since the start of the airline age, with just 21 recorded.
That’s down from 29 in 2013, 23 in 2012 and 36 in 2011. Recent tragic events cast a shadow on some of the aviation safety related procedures, particularly relating to pilot mental health evaluation. It boils down to the simple fact that pilots themselves that are responsible for assessing their own mental health. The Aerotime website usually has its finger on the trigger and this time its just so what everyone is thinking but dare not give it publicity.
Listen to Skaiste Knyzaite, CEO of AviationCV.com:
"It is thought that one of four people around the globe are affected by mental or neurological disorder according to World Health Organization, such an attitude rightfully becomes the reason for public concern, all eyes quickly turn to the person manning the aircraft in case of an accident.
Not surprisingly, in order to ensure the utmost safety of the most popular way of travelling the world, airline pilots have to undergo a highly specific and extremely detailed training, which sometimes can exceed to years of learning and testing. Even in the line with FAA and EASA regulation, pilots around the globe are left on their own when it comes to monitoring something as important as their mental health.
Although most of regional CAA’s are reviewing their relevant procedures in the light of recent tragic events, most of them state that the current practice of assessing mental health is sufficient. Moreover, they claim that no matter the changes, it is impossible to ensure that accidents caused by pilot’s mental stability are eliminated altogether.
In addition to that, even with tightening of the screening process, there is no potential way to eliminate pilot dishonesty. In fact, according to the rules of the FAA, pilots can be fined up to $250 000 if they try to falsify information or lie about their health. Despite that, clearly understanding that recognition of mental illness would definitely mean hurting ones career, it is not surprising many would be inclined to mention nothing that could raise suspicions.
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