How often is a pilot’s mental health tested?


Malaysian airliner 370A thought that flitted though my mind. How often is a pilot’s mental health tested by a registered psychiatrist with infinite experience?

Is a pilot tested when he/she applies for this most responsible of positions? Is he/she tested every four years, every two years thereafter, or only after he/she’s been flying for ten years?

Mental illness strikes suddenly as it can be triggered by various occurrences like a death in the family, the breakup of a relationship or by other stressful situations.

Another thought that has been occupying me is ‘the black box’ found on every aircraft. Surely in today’s age of high-technology, we should have a far more sophisticated way of tracking a plane that has disappeared?

 

 

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