Congress Reaches a Deal on Airline Safety

The measures will not increase the retirement age for pilots.

Negotiators in the House and Senate announced on Monday that an agreement was reached to support staffing for air traffic control and increase funding to prevent close-call incidents on airport runways. However, legislators will not raise the mandatory retirement age of 65, since international rules would stop airline pilots above that age from flying into many other nations.

The legislation being crafted will authorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next five years. The Senate is expected to vote this week on the proposal that will implement or update airline passenger protections. One of the provisions would require all flights to have 25-hour recording equipment.

Chairs and ranking members of the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation Committee stated, “Now more than ever, the FAA needs strong and decisive direction from Congress to ensure America’s aviation system maintains its gold standard.“

The current congressional authorization of the FAA is set to expire on May 10.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for members of the Senate as they prepare to take up the FAA legislation.
  • For Administrator Michael Whitaker to be led by God as he oversees the FAA.

Sources: VOA News, Washington Examiner


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