The committee of U.S. and international experts will examine methods used to evaluate pilots’ emotional health as well as the barriers to reporting any issues, the FAA said. It said the panel’s meetings will not be open to the public.
Based on the group’s recommendations, the FAA could consider changes to testing procedures, aircraft design, pilot training and other areas.
The tests are performed by Aviation Medical Examiners who ask about the psychological condition of pilots, “and the AME can defer any examination when he or she believes additional psychological testing may be indicated,” the FAA has said.
Pilots face fines of up to $250,000 if they are found to have falsified information, it said.
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