November 2016 Issue

Impaired Flying Targeted

The FAA wants to increase pilot awareness of impairment by alcohol, drugs and fatigue.

According to the FAA and its Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, CAMI, between six and 14 percent of pilot fatalities are related to alcohol intoxication. While that seems like a very high number of pilots in our experience—and a wide, inexact statistical range—the agency said it reached its conclusion by analyzing deceased pilots’ blood and tissue samples after accidents.

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