Airline pilots must retire at age 65, per federal government rules. Should that be changed to 66 or 67 given increasing longevity and shortages in the industry?

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3 days ago

I worked at Boeing for over 25 years as a flight line mech. flight test mech. and final assy. tech.,and heard that on the 737 Max. had the same problems in the USA ? But the US pilots are better trained and put the plane into emergency manual operation! And wasn’t an age issue! Also I’m commercial pilot ! and 66 , but I think if you can’t drive a car , then you shouldn’t be allowed to fly any plane either! And seen people in their 50s , that didn’t get enough sleep and forgot where they were?

3 days ago

I have flown since I was 15 and I am now 70. I own and fly my own general aviation airplane. I flew fighters in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve for 20 years. I flew for a major airline for 32 years. I still take and pass an FAA class 1 physical every 6 months because I want to. My physical ability and mental acuity allows me to be a simulator instructor for a major airline now. If I wanted to, I could still fly passengers for hire under Part 125 or Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). However, Part 121 of the FARs (airline/cargo) stipulates that no one over 65 can fly in those operations. The age 65 rule for Part 121 was changed years ago from age 60. In my opinion, both age numbers are arbitrary. As is the case for much of life, everyone has different physical and mental capabilities at all ages. The point of the current class 1 physical requirement for Part 121 pilots is to insure the physical and mental conditions of those pilots are good enough to crew those airplanes. Age 65 isn’t a magical door that somehow changes the physical and mental abilities of pilots to safely fly an airplane.

3 days ago

I think its a BS idea- Spent years working my way up as a FO only to have the whiney crying captains (after 9/11) who were having to face retirement force the union to move the retirement age which ended up forcing thousands of FO’s back down the ladder to wait captain upgrade. Now.. like setting a watch , these yahoos again start B,M and whining about moving it again. I saw that writing on the wall and after a 35 year flying career said FU and retired. Sure glad I did now that I see the spoiled old brats have not changed much

5 days ago

If they didn’t get a shot they had to go.You don’t hear that in the news.Now who started that.

Antonio M. Salazar
6 days ago

I spent 20 years as an airline pilot following 21 years as a US Navy jet pilot flying off carriers. I hit mandatory retirement age at 65 (it had just been approved after many years at 60). The age 65 was approved at the same time as RJ (Regional Jet) pilots were required to obtain ATP licenses (which required 1500 hours flying time) before being hired. I retired in 2014 at 65 as a Captain which required a 6 month flight physical until I retired and the following year I underwent bypass surgery; I had 2 buddies that were in the Navy with me that died of heart attacks within a year of retiring form their airline. I think 65 as mandatory retirement age is ok however I question whether the ATP should remain as a requirement for future RJ pilots since no one else in the World did this!!! It takes a lot of years and money to accumulate the 1500 hours and the pay remains horrible for a First Officer in the RJ business and we were required to also have a Bachelor Degree in order to be hired. It’s little wonder that the majority of pilots went through the military since they also required degrees and flying times similar to the airlines which is also why the shortage will get worse before it gets better. Ask the same question of FAA Flight Surgeons and chose the answer that best suits today’s economy!!

9 days ago

First the president that occupied the White House has nothing to do with working Americans. If you pass a physical and cognitive test you should be able to work until you’re 70.

Randall McCraney
9 days ago

The criminal in the Whitehouse has nothing to do with this! It all comes down to physical condition and health. You must pass the physical! Period!

Craig M.
10 days ago

You need a Class I Medical Certificate (fight physical including an EKG) every six months as a Captain, FO needs a Class II once a year. I’m 71 and play Pickleball three days a week, so I could probably still pass a medical. The FAA previously raised the age limit for a Class I Medical from 60-65. There should be plenty of data to make a decision on this. I’m not sure how many pilots want to sit for 8-10 hours at a wack at 70. My longest flight was 11.2 hours from Norton AFB, CA to Ramstein AB, Germany. I don’t think you would get enough pilots to stay to make much of a difference.

Earline Clason
10 days ago

Yes, but they should the criteria, cognizant testing and frequency of their medical exams.

10 days ago

Maybe not forcing those poisonous BS VAX’s on them might help with the pilots dying in the cockpit problem the airlines seem to be having.

Lynn Maynard
10 days ago

I’m 68 years old and I know that age matters. But it’s more important that the physical and mental capacity of the individual pilots be taken into consideration. With a mandatory annual testing requirement beging at age 62 I believe many pilots could fly safely up to age 72.

Thomas A Cunningham Jr
10 days ago

Does not solve the real problem of Fed. Gov. mismanagement!

12 days ago

Why was this even an issue to put forth on this forum? And then, to posit the argument re increased longevity, citing the fact we have a president who is 80, is a farce, in that it elicits, as expected, the most votes! The issue is much more complex than mere age. Note that no mention, in any of the responses, addresses cognitive abilities, gross motor skills, or fine motor skills. If the current president had the requisite knowledge to fly a plane, how confident would you be in the rest of his abilities to get you safely to your destination?! I can see the advertisements, now, “Come fly IDIOT AIR, where your planned destination may not be where you end up, but we guarantee excitement, and untold thrills, for your journey! We highly recommend you take advantage of our free alcoholic beverages, and recreational drugs, on each flight. You’re gonna have a blast in the end!”

13 days ago

I’m not sure what is going on. But I’ve been able to vote more than once for every poll question. I don’t want to cheat. So I’m commenting to help fix a possible bug.

13 days ago

I wish I could retire at 65. I’m still able to work though, so I see no problem with pilots working up to 70.

Tracy Richardson
14 days ago

Don’t all airline flights have at least 2 pilots? Answer, yes, even the commuters. It seems that the majority of comments forget that, insinuating that if the pilot were to have a problem the plane would leave the sky. I’m 68 and I have no problem with my job. Mandatory retirement at 65 is foolish. If the pilot can pass a physical then he/she should be allowed to fly.

17 days ago

This rules need to be place for congress and senate. We need to set age limit for congress, senate, and president.

Thomas D Booth
13 days ago
Reply to  mary

I agree

Cindy Hackett
17 days ago

I think they need to recruit all Air Force and navy pilots that retired early and give them big money to fly for commercial airlines. Many are retired in their early 40’s. They would keep us safe in the air

18 days ago

I don’t even WANT to fly – given the fact so many airlines forced pilots to get the EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGIC and they’re dropping dead at never-before seen rates. THAT’S where your ‘pilot shortage’ is coming from – they’ve been killed off or are in a health condition too serious to fly.

Cindy Hackett
17 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Yep I’m hearing the same thing. Young pilots with clotting events and strokes ! Thanks to the mandatory vax they are not necessary at all!!! Blame Fauci and Biden for these shortages.

Tracy Richardson
14 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Easy solution to that. Don’t fly.

19 days ago

Ask the average retired Government civil Servant if, after 25 to 35 years of service…they retired as multimillionaires then,—-contrast it to our elected political office holders!

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