Pilots’ age limits workshop

Date & time
Day 1, 18/03/2019, 13:30- 17:00
Day 2, 19/03/2019, 09:00 - 16:00

This workshop will be dedicated to the assessment of current pilots' age limits in the context of the increasing life expectancy in many European Countries.

Pilot age limits are intended to mitigate the risk of a sudden incapacitation due to the higher cardiovascular risk and the degenerative effect of ageing on all body systems. 

Throughout the aviation history age limits have been increased along with the increase of human life expectancy and decrease of mortality and morbidity due to age related medical conditions. The current age limit for pilots was increased by ICAO in 2006 from 60 to 65 subject to the other pilot being below the age of 60. The restriction of having the second pilot below the age of 60 was removed in 2012, leading to the current implemented age limits of 65 years old in multi-pilot operations and 60 years old in single pilot commercial air transport (CAT) operations.

In 2016, during the ICAO Assembly, Japan informed ICAO and the other States that they are considering to increase the age limit to 68 under certain conditions. Furthermore, several ICAO States removed their age limits for pilots within their national systems.

The national retirement age among EU Member States varies and are increasingly above the age of 65. Life expectancy in a majority of EU States has also increased over the last 10 years.

Taking into consideration the aspects mentioned above, EASA outsourced a research study commencing in late 2017 to evaluate if and how the increase of life expectancy is linked with the morbidity rates, and consequently the incidence and effect of age related medical conditions for pilots.

The aim of this workshop is to present the result of the study, learn about other practices and consult with the main stakeholders on the evolution of age limits.

You are invited to confirm your participation by 01/03/2019 at the latest, to:
EASA / Dr. Cristian Panait
cristianionut [dot] panait [at] easa [dot] europa [dot] eu

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