Germanwings 9525 and Pilot Mental Health
Scott Brooksby- Aviation Defense Attorney
Scott Brooksby is a partner at Olson Brooksby PC in Portland. Scott’s practice focus includes aviation, product liability, catastrophic personal injury defense, and commercial litigation . He represents airlines, aircraft and component manufacturers, aviation insurers, GA owners and pilots and helicopter emergency medical service operators. Scott also represents other industry manufacturers in a broad range of product liability matters and is counsel to many large corporations in the transportation, retail, food, toy, steel, heavy equipment, machine manufacturing, and other industries. He has tried aviation disasters and many other cases in state and federal courts. Scott is a co-chair of the American Bar Association Mass Torts Aviation Subcommittee and he is active in numerous aviation law professional organizations.
Pilot mental fitness is a critical aspect of aviation safety. As Jet Blue Founder and former CEO David Neeleman recently suggested, “nobody ever thought about having to protect the passengers from the pilots”. In the wake of the tragic circumstances surrounding Germanwings 9505 and MH370, the FAA chartered the Pilot Mental Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which released its report in November, 2015. But mental health issues are complex, and no system of detection, voluntary, or outside reporting is perfect. Scott will discuss the circumstances in Germanwings 9505 and other notable incidents, which have spiked in the last two decades. Scott will discuss the findings and recommendations in the FAA ARC final report. He will also explore the issues surrounding the current system of pilot mental health from the perspective of the flying public, the airlines, the regulators, and pilots.