FAA Considers Raising Pilot Retirement Age

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The government is thinking of raising the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots from 60 to 65.

The FAA says it's considering the change because a United Nations governing board will lift the international standard to 65 in November.

A panel of airline, labor and medical experts has been asked to come up with a recommendation about whether the age limit for commercial pilots should be raised.

The president of the Air Line Pilots Association, who will work with the group, says the FAA is moving because Congress is likely to consider the age limit before the end of the year. He says lawmakers shouldn't be "dictating a safety rule."

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