60-Year-Old Pilots Do Not Need Special Evaluations

     WASHINGTON (CN) – Commercial pilots over 60 no longer must have an in-flight evaluation every six months, according to a new Federal Aviation Administration rule.


Instead, all commercial pilots-in-command require the so-called line check performance evaluation, once a year.
     The new rule aligns FAA regulations with the FAA Modernization and Reform Act enacted in February.
     Legislation from 2007 raised the upper age limit for commercial pilots from age 60 to age 65, and required airlines to evaluate the performance of pilots over 60 years of age, through a line check, every six months.
     The new rule establishes the same line check requirements for commercial pilots, regardless of age.
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