The Regional Airline Association will not challenge a May 31 Appeals Court ruling that upheld the legality of a new FAA interpretation of a long-standing duty-time rule, according to RAA technical affairs director Dave Lotterer. The ruling, issued by a District of Columbia circuit court judge, allows the FAA to enforce a November 2000 clarification of a 1985 rule that limits pilot duty days to 16 hr under FAR Part 121.
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As baseball player Yogi Berra supposedly said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”
The three US Airways pilots who filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asking for exemptions from the FAA’s age 60 mandatory retirement rule are back where they started.
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.