Do Airlines Really Understand Pilot Suicide?

28 June 2016

Royal Aeronautical Society


The Air Law Group will be holding a lecture on 28th June 2016 and will be presented by Stephen Hull, Aviation Director of RTI Forensics.

In this lecture Stephen will broach the very sensitive topic of pilot suicide by looking at historical evidence and whether “pilot suicide” is distinct from “suicide” within the general population. He will give consideration to the potential causes of pilot suicide and further consider some of the reasons underlying it. He will also consider what can be done to improve current support systems, how to identify pilots at risk and other ways of preventing another serious incident. Finally, Steve will consider airline “pilot suicide” statistics and will put the actual incidences into perspective.

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This lecture will be followed by the Air Law Specialist Group's Summer Reception. (Please note the lecture is free to attend but there is a charge for attendance at the summer reception.)

Speaker Details

Stephen Hull, Aviation Director of RTI Forensics.

Stephen Hull is the Aviation Director for RTI Group, assisting insurance companies dealing with aviation claims, investigating incidents and accidents. He also runs safety auditing and training for several airlines and aerospace organisations and lectures in all areas of aviation safety. 

Steve recently completed two years as Safety Director for VLM Airlines based in Antwerp where he successfully guided the airline through the IOSA accreditation process. At VLM Airlines he produced an Introduction to ‘Safety Management’ training course and trained every staff member. He also produced training courses on Emergency Response and Go-Team training.

During his career he has been a Senior Air Safety Investigator, Senior Air Safety Manager, Licensed Aircraft Engineer and Flight Engineer and has investigated numerous incidents and accidents and led a team to investigate the causal factors. Steve was also the initial lead investigator on the B777 accident at Heathrow in 2008.

He is the former Chairman of the UK Flight Safety Committee and currently a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, Membership Secretary of the European Society of Air Safety Investigators and an accredited IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations) Accredited Auditor.


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