Poll: Have You Experienced Mental Health Issues As A Pilot?

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.


  1. No! Why? Who have you been talking to? Was it my wife? I knew I couldn’t trust her! She keeps nagging me to sell my plane and buy an RV, just because of that one time. It’s not my fault! That MOA wasn’t hot when we departed. She musta told them to wait until I took off to activate it just to get me. She can’t do this to me!

  2. I’ve flown with 2 crew members going through a difficult divorce. In one case the crew member could talk about nothing else, but his flying and decision making was good – in the other case the crew member said some inappropriate things – was advised to take some time off, and did exactly that. Always easier to deal with in a “crew” situation – I wonder how many fly while going through difficult stress.

  3. My prostate gives me more pro than my brain.
    I wish Cessna would put relief tubes in their 182.

  4. When my first wife passed away suddenly from an aneurism, I grounded myself until I was thinking more clearly. That is what we are supposed to do.