Assessing Cognitive Function in Pilots – Episode 49
Special guest is Dr Chuck Dennison, a forensic and aviation psychologist who specializes in neuropsychological evaluations for the FAA. He talks about how he tests cognitive function to ensure pilots have the mental acuity to fly safely.
Greg and John explore the many conditions that can trigger the need for assessment such as head injury, substance abuse issues, and conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease. The FAA medical certificate process is an important aspect of aviation safety.
They also discuss the potential for long-term neurological impacts on individuals who contract COVID-19.
With the Boeing 737 Max airplane approved to return to service, John and Greg recap their findings related to the high-profile accidents that led to the grounding. Calling it “the safest airplane flying,” they call on the industry to be vigilant about the training and maintenance needed to keep the Max safely in service.
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