Case Study SFO Troy Mussio
|Name||SFO Troy Mussio|
|Family||Wife and young son|
|Current Location||New South Wales|
|Medical Condition||Chronic Stress|
I worked as an aircrewman for 5 years before completing my CPL-H in 2005 and ATPL-H in 2011. I am still employed in the industry flying helicopters in the offshore oil and gas sector.
WHAT WAS YOUR GENERAL HEALTH PRIOR TO YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION?
Generally I enjoyed very good health aside from the occasional cold or flu. When I took ill as a result of numerous chronic ailments the impact upon my work and life in general was immediate and significant. Thankfully, with early medical intervention, support from different people and organisations and a lot of hard work, I was able to return to work after nearly 12 months away from flying.
WHAT CONDITION CAUSED YOU TO CLAIM ON THE MBF?
I suffered numerous ailments as a result of chronic, severe stress that had been slowly increasing for over 18 months. I was 34 at the time I fell ill and I had been in the aviation industry for the great majority of my working life.
My experience with the MBF claims process was excellent. The staff were at all times professional, helpful and above all, supportive. After approximately 9 months of liaising with a particular staff member who managed my case I felt a genuine desire from them to help in any way possible. I’m very grateful for the efforts this individual expended to help me at the time.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE OTHER PILOTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY?
The unpredictable nature of life is such that one moment we can be sailing along blissfully through each day and the next moment things can be turned upside down very quickly and without warning. The MBF‘s cover for both temporary and permanent loss of licence should be something that all pilots give serious consideration to, particularly those with dependants. The peace of mind this coverage brings to my family cannot be underestimated.
WHY IS LOSS OF LICENCE COVER SO IMPORTANT?
Like many within the industry we quite often think to ourselves that nothing will ever likely happen to us as individuals. I, too, was one of those people. It was not long after I took ill and found myself several months into my illness that I realised just how important the MBF temporary loss of licence coverage was. The financial support from the policy was one less thing to worry about which, allowed me to more fully concentrate on recovery and a return work.