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GAO: No answer yet on pilot-retirement age effect

The Government Accountability Office (that's the right name, despite what this story says) has found that it can't yet determine the effect on airline safety of raising the mandatory retirement age for pilots from 60 to 65. The FAA changed the rule two years ago, after a long campaign by pilots, saying that it relfected the the fact people are living longer and are generally in better health than when the age 60 rule was adopted decades ago.

GAO: No answer yet on pilot-retirement age effect

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The Government Accountability Office (that's the right name, despite what this story says) has found that it can't yet determine the effect on airline safety of raising the mandatory retirement age for pilots from 60 to 65. The FAA changed the rule two years ago, after a long campaign by pilots, saying that it relfected the the fact people are living longer and are generally in better health than when the age 60 rule was adopted decades ago.

The GAO report found there have been no accidents or incidents involving post-60 pilots but that a longer study period is needed to make any definitive conclusions. Read more in this story,  For the full government report, it's the most recent one listed on www.gao.gov, the agency's Web site.

Tom Belden
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