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Piloting 2 Wellbeing founder, Captain Reyne O’Shaughnessy, has dedicated her career to aviation. She’s well aware of the stressors, as well as the rewards, of being in such a high-stress, high-performance environment. As a result, she authored This is Your Captain Speaking, and has faithfully pursued both aviation excellence and the latest innovations in wellbeing.

Piloting 2 Wellbeing seeks to contribute to a safer aviation sector, add value to our client’s aviation courses, and help improve the current regulations regarding pilot mental health.

As an organization, Piloting 2 Wellbeing is providing mentoring and coaching for aviation schools and airline pilots based on the three pillars of Aviation, Awareness, & Safety. These pillars cover the effective use of all available resources for flight crew personnel in order to assure safe and efficient operations, reduce error, avoid stress, and increase efficiency. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as our physical health, our skills, and our knowledge. We offer practical, powerful techniques that your audience could quickly put into practice, all based on self-care and other wisdom techniques we’ve learned over the last decade.

What people are saying...

“Our college had the pleasure of working with Captain O’Shaughnessy as the keynote speaker for our annual Safety Symposium.  Capt. O was dynamic, engaging, and vulnerable, which elevated her ability to connect with our community and highlight the importance of mental health in the aviation industry. Our students, faculty, and staff still talk about her visit to our campus and have begun to apply the information they learned at her keynote into their lives. She is an advocate for the importance of mental health for all pilots at every phase and stage of their career and we are so excited to continue working with her!” 

Alyssa Robinson, M.Ed.

Director of Strategic Communications and External Engagement College of Aeronautics and Engineering Kent State University

"Reyne is tireless in her efforts to improve the ultimate wellbeing of those she interacts with. She has continued  to increase her personal knowledge through continuing education and experience.  Reyne’s dedication to wellness and the importance of mental health in the aviation profession, place her at the forefront of efforts to improve outcomes for all she encounters. If you are searching for ways to improve the wellbeing and mental health of individuals within your workgroup or team, I can wholeheartedly endorse Reyne."

Chuck Dyer

Founder and owner of Protean Conflict Solutions, FedEx Pilot-Retired after 34 Years, former FDX MEC Chairman, Communications Committee Chairman, and Pilot to Pilot Committee Chairman, Professional Standards Committee Vice Chairman, Critical Incident Response Team Volunteer(CIRP)

'The Pilots Pandemic'
An urgent need for Aeromedical Reform.

Note: Emma Laczko started this petition to United States Department of Transportation and 1 other

“For decades the FAA has ignored a major crisis, aeromedical standards. My name is Emma Laczko and I am a second generation pilot. Four years ago I lost my father and uncle due to archaic medical standards in place by the Federal Aviation Administration. The current Aero-Medical standards are outdated and aviators everywhere are ready for reform. Pilots need a platform where they can be honest with their doctors and AMES without the threat of job loss. This would create a safe space and mitigate the fear of losing their wings.”

We believe that 21st century tools are necessary to address 21st century issues for next generation aviation professionals.

Transformative, Practical Solutions
There is great value in providing pilots and flight schools with tools beyond the skills and knowledge it requires to operate an aircraft. Piloting 2 Wellbeing leverages our dual passions for aviation and wellbeing by delivering transformative, practical solutions to organizations seeking to provide wellness and balance for high-performing pilots.

Piloting 2 Wellbeing exists to provide high-performing aviators and aviation-based organizations with practical, powerful resources for achieving balance between professional performance and personal wellbeing.

Our programs and Mentoring support will help achieve:

Safe and Efficient Operations

Error Reduction

Stress Management

Increased
Efficiency

'The Pilots Pandemic'.
An urgent need for Aeromedical Reform.

Note: Emma Laczko started this petition to United States Department of Transportation and 

 

For decades the FAA has ignored a major crisis, aeromedical standards. My name is Emma Laczko and I am a second generation pilot. Four years ago I lost my father and uncle due to archaic medical standards in place by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The current Aero-Medical standards are outdated and aviators everywhere are ready for reform. Pilots need a platform where they can be honest with their doctors and AMES without the threat of job loss. This would create a safe space and mitigate the fear of losing their wings.

The current system has created a shocking percentage of aviators who have an aversion to seeking healthcare. The Special Issuance(SI) process to get your medical back after disclosing is currently a 12-24 month waiting period… in some cases even longer than that. Almost all the medical procedures and tests required by the FAA will not be covered by your insurance, costing thousands of dollars out of pocket. Even more troubling is the lack in educated aviation medical examiners(AME). Pilots have noted a huge lack of transparency by the FAA causing the aviator to be unwilling to disclose health concerns. Pilots who are navigating the SI process for one of the four approved SSRIs (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) are currently under the guidance of the HIMS program, a pathway set up for the recovery of addicts/alcoholics; this is inadequate to fit the needs of a pilot on the SSRI pathway. If you are a student pilot or the sole provider of a family these are huge hesitations for being truthful to your AME or seeking the help you need. Some quick statistics; 78.6% of pilots reported feeling worried about seeking medical care, 60.2% of pilots reported a history of delaying medical care, and 56.1% of pilots freely admitted to participating in unauthorized behavior due to fear of losing their medical certification. 

 

(Hoffman WR, Aden J, Barbera RD, Mayes R, Willis A, Patel P, Tvaryanas A. Healthcare Avoidance in Aircraft Pilots Due to Concern for Aeromedical Certificate Loss: A Survey of 3765 Pilots. J Occup Environ Med. 2022 Apr 1;64(4):e245-e248. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002519. Epub 2022 Feb 15. PMID: 35166258.) 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35166258/

My father underwent heart issues which ultimately led to his license being suspended. My dad, the sole provider for a wife and 3 children, gave his life sacrificing his time, money, and well-being, to be put back on the flight line. If my father knew he had the ability to seek help without the threat of job loss, and the cost looming over his head, he would have sought help sooner.

In the wake of my fathers passing, 11 months went by and tragedy struck my family again. My uncle, in the grips of grief, an aviator himself, knew exactly where the road to help would lead him. So, he took his life.

These men, my uncle and father, they were senior captains for American Airlines.

With a fierce heart, please hear me when I say,

NOW IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE.

WE HAVE TO SHED LIGHT ON A LONG OVERDUE SUBJECT.

WE DESERVE THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHT TO WELLNESS, WITHOUT THE FEAR OF NEVER FLYING AGAIN!

WE DESERVE TO REGAIN A SPECIAL ISSUANCE WITHOUT PAYING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OUT OF POCKET.

& WE DESERVE A MENTAL HEALTH PATHWAY FOR AVIATORS EVERYWHERE.

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