Court Declines To Hear Age-60 Challenge

 - October 11, 2006, 7:52 AM

The Supreme Court last month declined to hear a pilot group’s challenge to the rule that prohibits pilots from flying for Part 121 operators past age 60, regardless of their health. Justices let stand a lower ruling in favor of the FAA, which maintains that the rule is necessary for safety. A group of 12 pilots called that discriminatory and said their competency and health should be considered when deciding their ability to fly. The pilots’ appeal was backed by low-fare carrier Southwest Airlines. The age-60 rule was enacted inDecember 1959 and has survived many challenges.