I'M SAFE CHECKLIST
Pilots also have an “I’m Safe” checklist that is to be performed before they even sit behind the controls of any aircraft. “I’m Safe” is a mnemonic used by pilots to make sure they are fit to fly and is interpreted as [the following definitions have been taken directly from the FAA Risk Management Handbook FAA-H-8083-2]:
· Illness. Am I sick? Illness is an obvious pilot risk.
· Medication. Am I taking any medicines that might affect my judgment or make me drowsy?
· Stress. Am I under psychological pressure from the job? Do I have money, health, or family problems? Stress causes concentration and performance problems.
· Alcohol. Have I been drinking within 8 hours? Within 24 hours? As little as one ounce of liquor, one bottle of beer, or four ounces of wine can impair flying skills. Alcohol also renders a pilot more susceptible to disorientation and hypoxia.
· Fatigue. Am I tired and not adequately rested? Fatigue continues to be one of the most insidious hazards to flight safety, as it may not be apparent to a pilot until serious errors are made.
· Emotion. Have I experienced any emotionally upsetting event?
So not only are you as a crewmember fighting the symptoms of your illness, but you are also fighting your company regarding its attendance policy. While flying you are experiencing stress, worrying about how you will be disciplined if you call off sick or fatigued. To me it seems that every item (except for alcohol) on the IMSAFE checklist is affected when a pilot is ill.