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Parliament: Questionnaires To Test Pilots’ Mental State

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KUALA LUMPUR: Pilots in the country will be tested on their mental and psychological state to ensure passenger safety. Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi  says a standard mental and psychological questionnaire is now being drafted.

The Goverment, through the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), has instructed the designated aviation medical examiner and psychologists to draft standard questionnaires that can be used by panel doctors for early evaluation of the mental and emotional state of every pilot.

Currently, the Civil Aviation Regulations 1966 and the Aeronautical Information Circular state that pilots under 40 years old need to undergo a physical health check every year while those above need to go for checks every six months.

“It also includes mental evaluations however at the moment, there is no regulation which states that pilots must undergo a psychological evaluation to assess their emotional state,” said Abdul Aziz in reply to Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (BN-Tanjong Malim) during the question and answer time yesterday.

Ong had queried the steps taken to ensure pilots are in good physical and emotional state while on duty.

Abdul Aziz said currently there are 3,975 pilots registered with the DCA, of whom 389 are foreigners.

He added that the Ministry has also asked all airlines to cooperate with them to look into the physical and mental health of the pilots to ensure passenger safety.

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