A HIMS AME (Human Intervention and Motivation Study Aviation Medical Examiner)

A HIMS AME (Human Intervention and Motivation Study Aviation Medical Examiner) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plays a crucial role in supporting pilots facing substance abuse or mental health issues. These specialized medical professionals are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat pilots struggling with substance abuse disorders or mental health conditions, ensuring their safety and the safety of passengers. HIMS AMEs work closely with pilots, providing comprehensive assessments, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing monitoring to facilitate their recovery journey. They also serve as liaisons between pilots, the FAA, and treatment providers, helping pilots navigate the complex regulatory requirements and facilitating their return to flight status when deemed fit. By providing confidential support and guidance, HIMS AMEs help pilots overcome challenges, maintain their medical certification, and continue pursuing their passion for aviation while prioritizing safety and well-being.

The process for medical certification with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for pilots with substance abuse or dependence problems typically involves several steps to ensure the safety of air travel:

  • Self-Identification or Identification by Others: Pilots may self-identify their substance abuse or dependence issues or be identified by others, such as medical professionals, employers, or aviation authorities.
  • Initial Evaluation:Once identified, the pilot undergoes an initial evaluation by a qualified healthcare professional, often a HIMS (Human Intervention and Motivation Study) AME (Aviation Medical Examiner) specialized in aviation medicine and substance abuse issues.
  • Treatment Program: If the pilot is diagnosed with substance abuse or dependence, they are enrolled in a specialized treatment program approved by the FAA and tailored to meet the individual's needs. Treatment typically includes counseling, therapy, support groups, and sometimes medication-assisted treatment.
  • Ongoing Monitoring: Throughout the treatment process, the pilot is closely monitored for compliance and progress. This monitoring may include regular drug testing, therapy sessions, and follow-up medical evaluations.
  • HIMS AME Assessment: The pilot undergoes periodic assessments by a HIMS AME to evaluate their progress and determine their fitness to return to flight duties. These assessments involve comprehensive medical examinations and reviews of treatment records.
  • Special Issuance Consultations: The HIMS AME submits reports to the FAA detailing the pilot's progress and compliance with the treatment program. The FAA reviews these reports and may request additional information or assessments as needed.
  • Return to Flight Status: If the pilot successfully completes the treatment program, demonstrates sustained recovery, and meets all FAA requirements, they may be granted medical certification and allowed to return to flight duties.
  • Ongoing Follow-Up:Even after regaining medical certification, pilots with a history of substance abuse or dependence are subject to continued monitoring and periodic evaluations to ensure they maintain their sobriety and fitness to fly safely. Overall, the process for medical certification with the FAA for pilots with substance abuse or dependence problems is thorough and involves collaboration between the pilot, healthcare professionals, HIMS AMEs, and the FAA to prioritize safety and ensure the pilot's fitness to fly.

Reach out to Texas Aviation Medical Resources today to book a consult and discuss the issues that you may be facing with regards to medical certification.