High Flying Psychologists
We are pleased that Christine Farrell has become associated with Core Aviation Psychology. She brings extensive experience as both a commercial helicopter pilot and an organisational psychologist, and strengenths our unrivalled capability in providing psychological services to the rotary-wing sector.
The recent initiatives on pilot mental health are welcome, and there is a need for similar approaches to the mental health and wellbeing of the real heroes of aviation - the engineers. Please read our paper on ourwebsite Information page.
We've updated the Information page on our website. Click MORE at the top right of the main page, then Information . On that page you will find downloadable copies of research papers we have presented recently on the psychological characteristics of helicopter pilots and on pilot mental health and support, together with details of the conferences and seminars where we have presented during the last few years.
We are pleased to say that Paul Dickens will be presenting at the Human Factors in Aviation Safety event hosted by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, taking place at LGW on the 13th and 14th November. The topic will be Big 5 personality factors and safety in aerospace engineers.
A reminder of the skills of North Sea pilots. A lot of our work is the psychological assessment of pilots for North Sea operations
Our article of that name is published in the latest edition of Focus, the UK Flight Safety Committee's official publication. We will post a copy on here shortly.
Next week we will be in Den Helder, Holland, giving our presentations on mental health and wellbeing to aircrew at the CHC base.
We held our open practical workshop on Pilot Support at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Stansted Airport this week, in the wake of the CAA IN issued earlier this year. Participants came from a number of operators, including AirTanker, DHL Air, Eastern Airways, Jet2, PDG Helicopters and Titan Airways. We looked in detail at the background to the issue of pilot support, including the incidence of mental health issues in pilots and the relationship to accidents and safety, and the content of the EASA Opinion, IN-2017/005 and the EPPSI Best Practice Guidelines. Some time was spent defining what support means, the key skills required and the different forms it can take, both professional and peer. After lunch we looked at the practical requirements for setting up a programme and participants worked in groups on how they will take this forwards. We aim to hold a further session later in the year once the EASA Regulation has been issued. If you would like further information, or an in-house similar workshop then please contact us here.