Senate committee approves compromise bill on retirement for pilots

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation Thursday to raise the retirement age for commercial airline pilots to 63.

The current limit for pilots on many commercial flights is 60.

Sen Frank Murkowski, who introduced the bill, had called for the mandatory retirement age to be raised to 65, saying the current limit exacerbated a pilt shortage in Alaska and Nationwide.

Murkowski called the compromise ''a thoughtful, measured response to the serious pilot shortage in America.''

The bill also allows the Federal Aviation Administration to impose more stringent medical, cognitive or proficiency testing'' and new pairing stan-dards for crews with pilots over 60.

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