U.S. House of Representatives Adopts Nehls Amendment to Raise Mandatory Retirement Age for Pilots

Congressman Troy E. Nehls (R-TX-22) recently announced that his legislation, H.R. 1761, the Let Experienced Pilots Fly Act, was included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization, which overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives 351-69 and now awaits action in the Senate. This bill would allow commercial pilots to continue flying until they reach the age of 67 while still adhering to the same rigorous health and safety standards.

This legislation would address the crippling pilot shortage that plagues our nation’s aviation industry. The pilot shortage has resulted in airlines canceling thousands of flights and leaving thousands of travelers stranded. Currently, commercial airline pilots are forced to retire at the age of 65 but can still fly corporate and charter jets beyond 65.

“I’m proud that my legislation, the Let Experienced Pilots Fly Act, was passed in the FAA Reauthorization,” said Congressman Nehls. “Our country is facing the worst pilot shortage in recent memory, and Congress must act to ensure that our nation’s airlines are fully staffed to avoid flight cancellations and ensure that every person flying makes it home safely. I want to thank my colleague, Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX-21), for introducing this legislation last Congress. I would also like to applaud Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO-06) and Chairman Garrett Graves (R-LA-06) for the passage of this bipartisan legislation to address the most glaring issues facing our nation’s aviation industry.”


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