NBAA Welcomes ARC Recommendations Addressing Aviation Mental Health

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-431-5970,

Washington, DC, April 4, 2024 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomed the release this week of a comprehensive series of industry recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) addressing concerns about mental health from across the aviation community.

Formed in December 2023, the Mental Health & Aviation Medical Clearances Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) was tasked with five primary responsibilities. Topping that list was identifying factors that discourage those in the aviation industry from disclosing mental health concerns.

Potential barriers identified by the committee include culture, trust, fear, stigma, knowledge and information gap and financial. “These concerns often stand in the way of pilots and controllers seeking mental health help,” said Mark Larsen, CAM, NBAA’s director for safety and flight operations and an ARC member.

The ARC also reviewed mental health guidelines and procedures in place at other international regulatory agencies, acknowledging their experiences can help inform revisions to FAA’s approaches.

“In total, the ARC report includes 24 recommendations to the FAA and aviation stakeholders,” Larsen said. “If fully implemented, these recommendations would help ensure those in the aviation community seek out appropriate resources and treatment to address mental health concerns.”

These recommendations include:

  • Create a non-punitive pathway for disclosing mental health conditions and treatments.
  • Revise and evaluate the requirements for reporting and certification/qualification of psychotherapy (talk therapy), depression/anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Ensure aeromedical screening protocols and requirements are based on safety management system (SMS) principles (i.e., proportionate, relevant and risk-based) and appropriately communicated to applicants.
  • Expand the use and promotion of peer support programs.
  • Develop mental health literacy, education and awareness campaigns.
  • Increase mental health training and improve quality assurance for aviation medical examiners (AMEs).
  • Modernize the FAA’s information management system/Aviation Medical Certification Subsystem.

Larsen noted the report and its recommendations were adopted unanimously by ARC members. “This shows a deep understanding and broad desire from the aviation community to reduce the barriers that keep pilots, air traffic controllers and others from seeking mental health care,” he said.

“We applaud the FAA, and specifically the Office of Aerospace Medicine, for convening the ARC to bring industry and government together to address this important safety issue,” Larsen added. “NBAA will continue its leadership promoting aviation mental health and take steps to further support the mental health of those in business aviation.”

Read the Mental Health & Aviation Medical Clearances Aviation Rulemaking Committee Report.

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