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Airline Pilot Retirement Age Goes to 65

Airline Pilot Retirement Age Goes to 65

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Dec 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Although this post is mostly about aviation, it is tangentially related to employment law.  And since I love airplanes (and flying them), I'm using the tangential relationship to justify writing about it here.

The "Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act" was signed by the President on December 12.  It raises the mandatory retirement age for commercial airline pilots from 60 to 65.  Here's the FAA's press release on the new law.

Gray hair in the cockpit is a good thing.  Gray hair usually indicates experience — and a lifetime of training — which translates into safety.  Pilots remain subject to the usual FAA requirement that they qualify for a first class medical certificate every six months.

A hat tip to fellow employment law blogger Michael Fox for being on top of this development.

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...


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