Dr. Audie Davis, HIMS program manager opened the program.
is now in his
second contract term with HIMS
He formerly headed the FAA agency that for 30 years made the decision on which pilots were "fit" to fly.
Although he was always an advocate of "keeping pilots flying as long as it could be done safely," he was, for years, unable to overcome the FAA culture that held to the belief that recovered alcoholic pilots should never return to the cockpit.
, told the assembled crowd of 138 in welcoming them to the seminar.
emphasized, "... this seminar is only the first step in qualifying you to work in this field.
Experience in assisting with identification, intervention and continuing care must come from other trained and experienced members in the system."
By the time the data laden program was over, attendees would clearly understand the role they would play in the triad of cooperation between management, union and FAA
that allows the methodology of the HIMS
program to succeed (see adjacent sidebar HIMS Program Elements) . Unlike those at some earlier seminars, this audience was more familiar with the declarations that "alcoholism is not self induced;" and that "alcoholism is a disease.
Here, they would learn the "Why" of those facts.
In providing a broad national overview of the addiction/alcohol problem, Dr.Davis noted the contrasting statistics between illicit drug use and alcohol use:
says, "As in any other professional occupation, about 7 to 10 percent will develop the disease in their professional life time.
But even with all that, Dr. Davis'
opening caution remained a constant in this effort to restore pilots to their cockpits, "... this seminar is only the first step in qualifying you to work in this field.
Audie Davis, M.D. Program Manager