For Mental Health...
As you all know, Aviation Safety is a passion of mine, and the reason I'm pursuing my PhD, as is mental health in the flight deck. While conducting research, I have come to a legal versus responsibility question:
Are there any Laws or Regulations
to have a pilot removed from duty
if there is a concern they are a threat
to the safety of the operation?
Can you help with the following questions?
- If a captain thinks a first officer is a threat to the operation... what is the captain's legal and operational responsibility to do with that information?
- If a captain has this concern while getting a line check, and reports to the check airman concerns with the pilot stating he is a threat to the operation, due to odd and unstable behavior, what would the check airman's legal and operational responsibility?
- If the captain and check airman take no action, but the check airman later reports this pilot's behavior to management with concerns, what is management's legal responsibility?
- What is the captain's legal and operational responsibility to remove a passenger who was a threat to the safety of a flight?
- Which is more pressing... a passenger or a crew member that this a threat to the operation, and do the same rules apply for removing this person?
Level of severity could be a question... so what if there was absolutely no question because the pilot was identified to be unstable, emotional, displayed odd behavior, and was stated to be a threat to the safe operation of the flight.
We all know the "right" thing to do. But where is this legality and responsibility written in the FARs?
Has any legislation or FAA discussions been made concerning this issue since Germanwings?
Do you know your legal responsibility?
What would you do?
Your Thoughts are Appreciated!
Enjoy the Journey!