Republican lawmakers propose raising mandatory pilot retirement age

Republican lawmakers propose raising mandatory pilot retirement age


A group of Republican lawmakers is proposing legislation to raise the mandatory commercial pilot retirement age from 65 to 67 years old as the airline industry struggles to keep up with demand amid staffing shortages.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) announced the Let Experienced Pilots Fly Act on Monday, which would require pilots over 65 years old to maintain a first-class medical certification that needs to be renewed every six months.

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“We’ve got to get more people in the queue to be pilots, but we also have to adjust our age in a reasonable, rational way to keep people in the cockpit,”

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