Safety Board Concerned about Alcohol Dependency

Business Jet Traveler » August 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 5:00am

Because of "a number of accidents," prior to which the pilots had failed to reveal substance or alcohol dependency during medical evaluations, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the FAA require pilots to submit full arrest and court records to medical examiners, including details such as blood alcohol content and behavior at the time of the offense. The board also said the FAA should require all pilots diagnosed with substance/alcohol dependency to be evaluated regularly.

In response, the FAA said it has "not seen any data to support the idea that pilots' making false statements on medical certificate applications is rampant." But it added that the agency will "take a serious look at the recommendations."

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