On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EST, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy will host “Navigating Mental Health in Aviation.” The summit's purpose is to examine the unintended consequences of the current system for evaluating mental fitness in the aviation workforce, identify how we can better support those in the aviation industry, and ultimately make aviation safer for all. The summit will be held at the NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC.
The summit will bring together safety experts from the aviation industry, academia, the mental health profession, and government, and is open to the public. A recording will be made available after.
Summit Safety Expert Bios
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks - Chair Homendy
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Panel 1 - FAA's Approach to Mental Health: First-Person Accounts
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel 2 - Our Current Approach to Evaluating Mental Illness:
Views from FAA, Providers, and Researchers
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion - The Future of Mental Health in Aviation: Where We Go From Here
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Final Discussion and Takeaways
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks - Chair Homendy
Download panelist presentations:
Elizabeth Bjerke, PhD -
Systematic Collaborative Approach
William R. Hoffman, MD - Evolving Research Related to Airline Pilot Mental Health
Emmanuel Robinson, PhD -
State of Mental Health in America
Quay Synder, MD -
Navigating Mental Health in Aviation