The Evolution of the Pilot Assistance Program

Four decades ago the founding group of Air Canada pilots along with the Rev. Brian Murray envisioned an effort to build a community of volunteer ‘Pilots Assistants’ whose goal would be to support any pilot in personal or professional trouble. Little did this pioneering group imagine that the pilot assistance movement would grow to its present day stature within the global pilot community. The work of pilot assistants is carried on in many countries and many airlines.

The Pandemic is like a major micro-burst which has challenged us all. We also have an opportunity to not only retain but strengthen our Volunteer Pilot Assistance Program.

Humanitas is a pioneer in the development of Pilot Assistance and is able to offer ongoing training in the era of COVID-19. Individual MA’s are encouraged to organize and facilitate their own simulation sessions to build community support and practice skills. Humanitas can assist as necessary.

The Humanitas Online Pilot Assistance Program:

Presented in this college level program, are the basic concepts and values of the Pilot Assistance community as both a refresher for volunteers already trained and as a beginning for pilots interested in this role. 

Access to the course is immediate upon registration and payment, and registrants will have 10 days to complete the course.


Rev. Brian Murray

Rev. Brian Murray is a Registered Psychotherapist (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario), a Clinical Fellow (Retired) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Brian is the President of Humanitas Inc. which provides consulting and training services in employee assistance to corporations. Brian is a co-founder of the Pilot Assistance Program. Brian also worked with Canadian Addiction Treatment Centres to establish their Addiction Treatment Centre substance abuse intervention and relapse support program. Brian is known among pilots as a therapist whose practice is focused upon relationships and trauma. Recently, Brian completed his training for board certification in Neurofeedback Training.