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Re-posted here, excuse any errors:
"This is a bit messy so bear with me: Dr. Donald E. Hudson, HIMS Program Manager, served as the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Aeromedical Advisor from 1994 until 2010 when he was replaced by Dr. Quay Snyder. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which is basically a union that represents most pilots in the US, is the administrator of the FAA funded HIMS program. Interestingly, Dr. Hudson is also the owner of a private company: Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS), Englewood, CO. This company is part of Virtual Flight Surgeons Inc.(VFS), Aurora, CO. Dr. Quay Snyder, who replaced Hudson as the ALPA Aeromedical Advisor, is also President, CEO and co-founder of AMAS and also co-founder of VFS. Snyder also serves on the HIMS Advisory Board. (Note: from 1969-1994, Dr. Richard Masters, owner of Aviation Medicine & Prevention Associates - which later became AMAS, was also the ALPA Aeromedical Advisor. What we have here is a treatment and re-certification cartel ).
AMAS, the aerospace medicine division of VFS describes itself as: "...the world's premier resource for aeromedical information and FAA medical certification assistance." So, Hudson, whose HIMS Program Manager position is funded by the FAA, uses taxpayer funding to target and identify pilots with substance abuse problems. Once admitted into the HIMS Program and treated these pilots become customers of AMAS/VFS who provide FAA medical certification assistance. For a pilot with substance abuse problems, keeping FAA medical certification is a years long (sometimes career long) process. So once Dr. Hudson gets a pilot in his sights that pilot becomes essentially a customer for life.
The conflict of interest here should be obvious: the income of Hudson's (and Snyder's) private company depends on a steady stream of pilots with substance abuse problems who require FAA medical certification assistance AND Hudson's and Snyder's positions allow them to create and control a steady stream of pilots with substance abuse problems who require FAA medical certification assistance. In effect, Hudson and Snyder are acting like police officers who get paid to arrest drivers for a DUI and then get paid by the same drivers they arrested to represent them in court, keep them out of jail and get their drivers' license back.
What a scam! This is corruption plain and simple. But it's all done under the guise of helping pilots recover from alcoholism and keeping the skies safe so in the eyes of the FAA I'm sure Hudson and Snyder must seem like an altruistic, angelic heroes. It wouldn't surprise me if Hudson and Snyder also had a financial interest in the alcohol rehabs that are a required part of the HIMS program! HIMS has about 100 pilots go through the program every year and at $20k - $30k or more per 28 day stint that's a nice annual income. I really do feel sorry for any pilot who gets caught up in this scam. Anyone want to help take this issue online to the pilots forums?"
|Weyhrauch Law Group, LLP|