If we can bring more well-trained, safe pilots into the cockpit, only PSA Airlines can bring dozens of planes back into the air today. That means more planes on DAY, more flights on DAY, and more destinations for Dayton companies.
In 1959, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required that pilots retire at 60 and in 2007 they increased this mandatory retirement age to 65. The current age rule of 65 is not based on pilot training, safety, or pilot performance. If a pilot is 65 years old and 1 day old, that doesn’t make him a bad pilot. In addition, new pilots are required to obtain 1,500 hours of flight training at a cost of approximately $200,000 before they are in the cockpit of a jet aircraft. To get their training hours, many pilots fly single-engine planes like crop dust. I’m not a pilot, but I can tell you that single-engine aircraft are not like a regional passenger airliner with two jet engines, 75 passengers and modern flying. The FAA needs to get out of the dark ages and change the rules and allow these pilots to meet their requirements using modern technology and simulators that simulate real-world aircraft and environments. And by the way, at a cost of $200,000, we have a real-world equity issue that makes pilot training out of reach for thousands of students.