Opinion: FAA should boost pilot retirement age

08/21/2007 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The FAA should allow healthy commercial airline pilots to continue flying until they are 65, the Houston Chronicle editorial board writes. The board also notes that it will take years before a proposal to raise the retirement age from 60 to 65 is put in place. In the meantime, the FAA should grant waivers to U.S. pilots approaching 60. "Safety would not be affected, and the pilots would remain in the cockpit, where they are needed to counter a looming pilot shortage," the board writes.

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