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FAA Considers Relaxing Rules On Anti-Depressant Use

Huerta: 'It's Been A Really Tough Couple Of Years'

ANN April 1st Special Edition

FAA administrator Michael Huerta announced April 1st that the agency is drafting an NPRM to relax its rules on the use of anti-depressants by pilots, citing an unusually difficult environment for the industry.

"Safety is, of course, our number-one issue," Huerta (pictured) said in a news release. "But with all the pressure that's been brought on the industry by the economy, the uncertaintly about user fees and taxes, and decreased aircraft sales, we just thought we'd at least open the issue up to public comments to get a better understanding."

Huerta said that in these difficult times, anybody could be affected by circumstances beyond their control. "We're not advocating throwing the door open to anything and everything, but certainly, we can try to understand how medical science can help people stay on an even keel."

The FAA is expected to release the NPRM sometime this summer.

FMI: www.faa.gov

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