Tuesday May 14, 2024

Pilot Mental Health w/Dr. Victor Vogel

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Mental health is a critical aspect of our overall well-being, and it is essential for pilots and others in aviation as well. Significant underreporting of mental health conditions is known to be widespread throughout the aviation industry. In this episode, we will review the signs and symptoms of mental illness and explore ways that pilots may self-report any mental health issues they may be experiencing.

We will discuss how flight instructors can be alert to the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and we will explain how to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. We will highlight reporting systems that are designed to maintain confidentiality while ensuring that individuals receive the necessary support while taking appropriate measures to ensure flight safety.


Dr. Victor Vogel is a board-certified and fellowship-trained medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer prevention and treatment. He obtained his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and his fellowship in medical oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. Dr. Vogel has also served as the National Vice President for Research at the American Cancer Society.

A pilot since 1980, Dr. Vogel holds a CFII, AGI, and IGI. He has owned a Beech Sierra and for the past 15 years a Cirrus SR22. He has flown to 40 of the 50 states and serves as a FAASTeam Representative. He is a member of the IFR Magazine Editorial Board.

In retirement, Dr. Vogel plans to become a full-time flight instructor and is the founder of Susquehanna STEM to the Skies, an educational foundation that will utilize a full-motion advanced aviation training device to introduce high school youth to aviation as a career opportunity.

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