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The FAA for decades have banned pilots from taking antidepressants but now that Ben has been lifted.
A good idea or a safety concern for passengers.
Here for fair -- -- former pilot and aviation expert JP interest -- And Robert -- is a commercial pilot also the editor of jet wine dot com that's WH.
-- any good morning to both you gentlemen.
Good morning -- more.
-- for specifics are allowed now prozac Zoloft selects and -- a pro a lot of folks see no reason why is it a big deal here's why it's a big deal the Mayo clinic says.
Side effects of antidepressants include fatigue insomnia.
Boy those scare me mark why should this be okay.
Well I I think that it's it's something that's been happening anyway.
I think what FAA is done in this situation is is make it will make people aware of the fact that.
It's time to start dealing with the problem and and and stop ignoring it which is what they've been doing for decades.
You do hear that a lot also JP was -- thirty you they are grounded pilots are grounded for a year.
If in fact they declare that they want to start taking.
These antidepressants so why are you against this proposal.
-- simply because I don't like the way the FAA has come up with the proposal.
Blanket statement saying would be as early -- Monday that it's sort reply yet saying.
And turn that they would have to wait a year and they would have to go through certain program of analysis.
And the report is based on a two year study by the FAA.
Of their psychiatrists.
A study of -- -- pilots who were illegal to fly with these type of mood enhancer or drugs.
So who were they testing for two years but what -- the database what -- the -- they have come up with.
Pilots have been in the simulators.
Under these are drugs on the mood enhanced drugs control.
And that's what they're basing the report on I have a lot of misgivings.
Mark caddie -- react to that and also.
What what about these side effects again -- fatigue insomnia blurred vision wouldn't that -- you as a passenger.
Well -- sure I go by rob actually but that's okay you know and -- -- did assure that there though those certainly are are issues that I think that you know we're we're concerned about and again.
I I after agrees in the sense that nobody is quite sure how FAA's going to.
Implement all -- and that is certainly something that still has most of the pilots that I know.
But what we are at least hopeful that that it the FAA is recognizing the fact it.
That pilots are normal people they have some of the same four -- and everybody else has.
And then it's time to start start looking at this issue get how it's all gonna shake out -- in terms of the implementation I don't think anybody's quite ready for yet.
Yes a lot of people I think 10%.
Of this country are on one form of this and a lot of people JP.
-- none of these side effects and and are just normal about their data did they day job so why should this be a big concern ultimately.
If they're not impacted in that cockpit.
Well you just gave the war on the exact reason you said every one.
10% of the population everyone but everyone -- not in the cockpit who every one is not handling.
The degree of sophistication of exists in -- cockpit every one does not have the discipline.
That you talked about the side effects you forgot the most extreme side effects suicidal.
Sure I don't want a social experiment.
To be conducted in my cockpit I don't want as a co pilot or as a captain.
Two be worrying about whether my partners on that all right -- features down the rhetoric can got to leave it there this debate continues.
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