ERIC Number: ED266388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-17
Reference Count: N/A
Age Discrimination and the FAA Age 60 Rule. Hearing before the Select Committee on Aging. House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.
This document presents witness testimonies and related materials from a Congressional hearing called to examine the mandatory retirement age of 60 for airline pilots. In opening remarks, Congressmen Roybal and Pepper question this ruling, citing productivity of older workers and the lack of data to support any specific age for mandatory retirement. Congressman Rinaldo's remarks support the rule on the grounds that aircraft accidents are often associated with diseases common with aging. Testimonies are included from: (1) General Chuck Yeager who speaks against the age 60 rule, arguing that medical examinations and flight simulators will reveal any deficiencies disqualifying a pilot from flying; (2) T. Franklin Williams, of the National Institute of Aging who discusses recent research showing that functioning may be maintained until age 80 or later; (3) Jefferson Koonce, a professor of human factors engineering who opposes the age 60 rule, instead recommending assessment of pilot proficiency using available methods; (4) Samuel Fox, III, a cardiologist, who explains that a person's risk of heart disease can be quantified and could be used in pilot assessment; (5) Leroy Shaver, a former pilot who describes his forced retirement and disagreement with the age 60 rule; and (8) Anthony Broderick, a Federal Aviation Administrator who outlines the age 60 rule and its rationale. An extensive set of appendices includes letters and other material submitted by interested persons. (ABL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.