Mandy Moore’s father just flew his last flight as a Captain for American Airlines. After 42 years of flying Captain Don Moore reached age 65 and mandatory retirement for a commercial airline pilot.
In 2007 the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act raised the mandatory retirement age from 60 to 65. The theory is that age brings deterioration in depth perception, eyesight, stamina, balance, hearing and other abilities. But pilots go through physicals, and there are more advanced tests when the rules for early retirement were first developed. We don’t actually test this deterioration, we assume it.
A few weeks ago American Airlines would have sent Captain Moore a catalogue from which to select his retirement gift. He was likely met by his crew base’s chief pilot to congratulate him.
With no more ‘eight hours bottle to throttle’ he can relax and toast his retirement.