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Q&A: How does the U.S. monitor the mental health of airline pilots?

Jim Vanderploeg is a professor of Aerospace Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. As part of his job he works with the FAA to evaluate airline pilots who are being treated for depression or substance abuse and who want to get back into flying.  We spoke to him about how the mental health of pilots is monitored and tested in the United States. What are the red flags you look for when you evaluate a pilot?   When a pilot comes to me they have already been through treatment of some sort or another through their company airline or on their own and are at a point where they want to get their medical certification...

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