October is World Mental Health Month, and we chatted to Chris Kinghorn, Chief Pilot, and key person responsible for flight operations at Fireblade Aviation about the checks and measures required for pilots to work in this high-pressure environment while putting safety first.
Like anyone else, pilots have families, homes, and lives outside of the pressures and responsibilities of their profession, but unlike most industries, the rules around being fit to work are extremely stringent. Mental health stigma has been known to cause mental health disclosure challenges for pilots over the years; and while such stigma is common for employees across all industries, it’s encouraging that the World Health Organisation is working hard in 2023 to drive the message that mental health is a universal human right.
South Africa has over 1,700 pilots and over 4,000 aviation safety officers in its national air transport system. SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)