House Committee Votes to Raise Required Pilot Retirement Age

Legislators seek to address the current shortage of commercial airline pilots.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted to raise the age of mandatory pilot retirement from 65 to 67. The members of the committee narrowly voted to add this amendment to a larger bill under review to reauthorize the safety programs of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which occurs every five years.

“While commercial airline pilots are currently mandated to retire at 65, these same pilots that are forced to retire can still fly corporate and charter jets beyond the age of 65,” said Representative Troy Nehls of Texas, adding that the change could help address a pilot shortage.

After the committee voted on the pilot age amendment, they voted on the 800-page FAA bill. The bill passed the committee with a unanimous vote, sending the package to a larger vote in the House of Representatives next month.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Congressman Nehls as he advocates for experienced pilots to remain on the job.
  • For members of the House as they debate the FAA legislation and prepare to vote.

Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg Government


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