SWADawg wrote:Yeah, I'm a Commercial Airline Pilot, so I think I do understand how the profession works these days since I've been in it for close to 20 years. I take no pleasure in seeing a fellow pilot in a situation like this, but the fact is the FAA takes these types of events very seriously. They can and most likely will suspend her medical which she must possess in order to fly as a pilot for United Airlines. There is nothing that comes into play with the ADA, or any other entity that can change that outcome. Pilots have different sets of rules that they must adhere to in order to exercise their privileges as a professional pilot, and while I don't always agree with the FAA's sometimes zero tolerance policies especially when it comes to areas of psychological issues, those are the rules that I and every commercial pilot must operate under. ALPA does have programs in place to help pilots that may be struggling with drugs, alcohol abuse, divorce, death of a loved one, you name it. But the caveat is that the pilot has to voluntarily come forward and ask for help before there is an incident like this and not after. I do hope this pilot gets the help she needs, but I'm under absolutely no illusion that she will be allowed back in the air anytime soon.
I agree. I feel sorry for her and hope she works through her issues, but in the world where Lublitz showed what one can do in a locked cockpit, her case is going to get a lot of scrutiny.