The Aircraft as an Instrument of Self Destruction
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE
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Often the relationship between the pilot and his aircraft is such that the aircraft may be thought of as an extension of the pilot himself during the act of flight. If this pilot accumulates stress in his life with which he can no longer adequately cope, he may engage in self-destructive acts, some of these within the context of his flying activities. The competent pilot practices and acquires skills which help him to deal with the stress of demanding flight situations. However, if this individual exceeds his piloting capabilities, or is already coping with a high stress level to his maximum capacity, the additional stress of a particular flight situation may overload his total coping ability and destruction of self, both psychologically and physically, will occur.