SPOTLIGHT ON FLIGHT CREW MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES POST-GERMANWINGS: An In Depth Discussion of the Legal, Regulatory, Public Safety and Ethical Considerations
David J. A. Hayes III
Vice-President & General Counsel
Trans States Holdings, Inc.
Olson Brooksby P.C.
Kreindler & Kreindler LLP
- An in depth discussion of aeromedical issues and developments following last year’s Germanwings crash
- What procedures are currently in place to identify mental health issues in pilots, crew-members, air traffic controllers? — Are they enough?
- Who should be in possession of a crew-member’s mental health information?
- Who has what responsibilities to make reports of other crew-members’ mental health info?
- Who regulates this?
- Assessing considerations of confidentiality with considerations of public safety
- Under what circumstances can medical data be shared and with whom?
- What strides is the FAA taking in response to the Germanwings tragedy? (ARC and Amsis)
- Addressing current issues and challenges related to:
- Awareness and reporting of emotional and mental health issues
- Methods used to evaluate pilot emotional and mental health
- Barriers to reporting such issues
- Surveillance and oversight of designees and aviation industry substance-abuse programs
- A discussion of the ethical challenges and considerations, and how to best navigate them