EASA proposes new measures for pilot mental fitness

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), has submitted a formal proposal to the European Commission that will support taking new measures to determine mental fitness of pilots, the agency said.

The proposal was submitted following the 2015 Germanwings Airbus A320 crash,
which determined the aircraft had been flown into high terrain by the first officer, who had previously been treated for psychological problems.

The EASA proposal suggests changes to air operations implementing rules, comprising preventative, corrective and complementary measures. EASA´s formal opinion will be the foundation of a legislative proposal by the European Commission scheduled to emerge next year. The authority´s opinion advises carrying out psychological assessments of crews before line-flying approval and providing access to a support program.

European Aviation Safety Agency is Europe´s air transport safety authority.