|Washington Headquarters Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 14, 2007
FAA Statement on Pilot Retirement Age
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) welcomes the legislation signed into law last night by the
President that allows U.S. commercial pilots to fly until age 65. The determined efforts of Congress have
averted a lengthy federal rule making process while enabling some of our nation’s most experienced pilots
to keep flying.
both pilots on a domestic flight to be up to age 65. For international Effective last night, the Fair Treatment
for Experienced Pilots Act allows flights, one pilot may be up to age 65 provided the other pilot is under age
60, consistent with the November 2006 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard.
While the law is not retroactive, airlines do have the option to rehire pilots who are under age 65. The
rehiring of pilots is not mandatory and is the decision of each airline.
In January, the FAA announced that it would raise the retirement age for commercial pilots to 65. The
mandatory federal rule making process would have taken 18 months to two years. The FAA took a renewed
look at its longstanding rule in September 2006 with the help of aviation industry and medical experts who
provided the agency with valuable insight and analysis. The “Age 60 Rule” had been in effect since 1959.
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