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"FAA Weighs Current Pilot Retirement Policy"

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

FAA Weighs Current Retirement Policy
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Airline pilots may soon be allowed to fly past age 60. 

The top aviation regulator is considering a report, released Tuesday, that
outlines arguments for and against the change. Federal Aviation
Administration chief Marion Blakey is expected to announce a decision soon,
said spokeswoman Alison Duquette. 

Some pilot groups have been lobbying Congress and the FAA to raise the
retirement age. They say there is no medical reason to force pilots to quit
at 60, and that pilots need to work longer because their wages and pensions
have been slashed. 

Other pilot groups, including the largest union, say such a change could
compromise safety. 

In September, Blakey ordered a forum of airline, labor and medical experts
to recommend whether the United States should raise the age limit. That
group simply issued the report giving both sides of the argument. 

The FAA is reacting in part to the United Nations group that governs
international aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization. ICAO
raised the international standard for pilots' retirement age to 65 on
November 23. 

Since then, the FAA has allowed pilots older than 60 to fly foreign
airliners into the U.S. 

The age 60 rule has been in place since 1960. 

On the Net: 

Federal Aviation Administration's Age 60 Aviation Rulemaking Committee


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