FAA Relaxes Pilot Antidepressant Policy

By Frances Fiorino fiorino@aviationweek.com

The FAA, embracing the idea that depression is a treatable illness, on April 2 announced a policy change that will allow pilots taking certain antidepressants to maintain flying privileges.

Under the old policy, pilots were denied a medical certificate and prohibited from flying if they used antidepressant medications, noted FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt ...

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