A federal appeals court has determined that Exxon Mobil is within its rights to prevent pilots older than 60 from operating its corporate aircraft. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission challenged the policy in 2006, but Exxon said the policy was a bona fide occupational qualification and noted that the Federal Aviation Administration had a similar rule. "Exxon has put forth significant evidence demonstrating that its pilots fly similar planes, in similar conditions, and in the same airspace and airports as commercial pilots," according to the opinion, issued Tuesday.

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