|Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):|
No way. There is no need, and while there are surely pilots over 60 who can perform as well as a 35 year old, there are also surely who are starting to become dangerous. Knowing how forgetful both of my parents have become as they approach/pass 60, I don't want a 70 year old pilot out there.
Worse, they will demand seniority pay for being 70, and who believes they are more valuable than someone half their age just because they've hung around that long?
|Quoting Seven3Seven (Reply 4):|
Don't comment on stuff you don't know anything about
|Quoting AirRyan (Thread starter):|
As I understand it, if their pensions go to the PBGC they would be capped about $45,000 a year which would hurt the pilots the most as their pensions are understandably the highest. But on top of all that, what really would hurt would be the fact that under the current FAA laws an airline pilot can only fly up until age 60, but if these pilots had their pensions dumped onto the Feds they couldn't even begin to start collecting until age 65!!!
|Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 8):|
Look, as others have pointed out, just because the rest of the world does something less safe, doesn't mean that it is okay.
I know that for MANY people, it's not reflexes so much as memory that goes starting at 60 or even before. The little things, things you forget to do but SHOULD NOT FORGET TO DO. I don't care if there ARE people past 60 that can do it, I do care that we have to cut it off somewhere, and we aren't adding danger by saying 60 is the limit, but we could be adding danger by saying 70 is. PERIOD.
|Quoting Apodino (Reply 2):|
My belief is this, as long as you can pass a Class 1 medical and pass a sim ride, you are as qualified as anyone to fly the airplane, regardless of age.
|Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 3):|
Ikramerica, I hate to tell you, but the US is way behind the rest of the world. Most countries in the world are either at 62 or 65 for retirement.