This is the first posting of the Pilots With Depression blog. I have created this blog for several reasons. First, let me tell everyone about myself. I am a pilot with an ATP and typed rated in an airplane that will not be mentioned. I am trying to keep my identity as low key as possible. I was flying charter and loving life. However, there was one problem. I suffer from depression. How could ask how I was loving life and suffer from depression. GREAT Question I say. But I am not sure I even understand the answer to that.
Depression is a physical condition not mental. It is caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain.
My wife convinced me to go on medications when I was laid off. I simply did not go renew my medical and now here I am on the ground.
I know what it is like to fly and love flying, yet not understand why I was feeling the way I did. I have a great wife. I flew a new jet with all the fun toys. I flew with some great people. I loved working with the passengers. But yet, I still needed the medications.
Now the FAA would label me as unfit to operate an aircraft.
I was a safe pilot. My doctors cannot understand why I am not allowed to fly.
I will be posting pictures on here from anyone pilot who has cool pictures they would like to share as well as some videos I will be recording.
Check in for some views from Prozac Pilot. I hope everyone who reads this blog will enjoy and perhaps find some comfort in my words and thoughts.
If you are a pilot who is grounded due to medications I say, “Hang in there brothers and sisters you are not alone.”
If you are a pilot who is in fear of a loss of income due to the FAA regs I know how you feel. Hopefully there will be some change of regs soon. I will be posting updates as I get wind of them. There was to be a change last year, but you know how that goes. The feds work at two speeds, slow and slower. One would think since the FAA is in the aviation biz that they would be faster. Oh well, look for more updates soon.