The Air Line Pilots Association last month issued a vote of no confidence in the management of Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group due to what union leadership characterized as slowing growth and rapidly mounting operational problems.
Air Line Pilots Association, International
A group of current and former airline pilots rallied on Capitol Hill in late May to protest the 45-year-old FAA regulation that forces Part 121 pilots to leave the cockpit once they reach age 60.
The group actually spent several days drumming up support for two bills currently making their way through Congress. H.R.65 andS.65 would raise the mandatory retirement age to the Social Security retirement age.
Despite the precariousness of the legacy airlines and their pension plans, their pilots still narrowly support the FAA’s mandatory age-60 retirement rule for Part 121 airline pilots. But most pilots flying for the lower-cost carriers advocate eliminating the rule or at least modifying it to enable them to remain in the cockpit longer.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has passed a bill that would raise the age limit for airline pilots to 65 when the pilot is serving as a required pilot on a multicrew aircraft and the other pilot is younger than 60 years of age. The measure has been placed on the legislative calendar for a vote by the full Senate.
The judge overseeing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Minneapolis-based Mesaba Airlines ruled last month that the airline may not unilaterally cancel the union contracts of its pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. Trumpeted by the unions as a major victory for labor, the 98-page ruling issued by Judge Gregory Kishel in St.
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