Thousands Ask FAA To Abolish Age 60 Rule

 - November 14, 2006, 10:31 AM

On November 23 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will adopt an amendment to increase the age limit for airline pilots to 65, provided another crewmember pilot is younger than 60. On September 27 the FAA established an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on the Age 60 issue. Its principal task is to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the new ICAO standard. In response to both the ICAO amendment and on behalf of the ARC, the FAA on October 25 published a request for comments from the public about whether the agency should adopt the ICAO standard. When the comment period ends tomorrow, the docket will be filled with more than 5,000 responses, the overwhelming majority of which ask the FAA to adopt the new ICAO standard. Many of the comments note that even the FAA’s own pilots, as well as astronauts, are allowed to fly beyond age 60. The current U.S. rule, implemented 47 years ago, prohibits anyone from serving as a pilot on an airplane in Part 121 operations if that person has reached his or her 60th birthday.