Pilots have unique mental and physical demands that are critical for their safety-sensitive roles in ensuring safety and passenger comfort. This course focuses on the need for awareness and understanding of these demands as well as the responsibility to ensure compliance from both a regulatory and ethical standpoint. The physiological component focuses on general health with emphasis on altitude physiology, vision, hearing, medications, and fitness. The psychological component emphasizes aeronautical decision-making (ADM), risk management, sleep, and fatigue. Both are integrated into a discussion of the FAA medical certification process and pilot duties and responsibilities of compliance. The student is required to select an aviation accident or incident and lead a class discussion that applies these concepts to a specific actual event.
School of Professional Studies and Management
3 hours of lecture per week