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Age Limitations for Commercial Air Transport Pilots


The current age limitations for commercial air transport pilots (CAT) required by Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 were taken over from ICAO Annex 1. For single-pilot CAT operations the limiting threshold is the age of 60 and in multi-pilot CAT operations, pilots can continue to operate until the age of 65.

This study aimed to assess the possible need to mitigate the risk to flight safety resulting from the potential increasing cases of sudden incapacitation for pilots aged over 60. Furthermore, considering the
different types of CAT operations the study will assess whether the potential risk of incapacitation can be mitigated by specific health screening or shortened screening intervals rather than by an age limit.