After nearly five decades of strict adherence to a rule whose origin "still is a matter of debate," Administrator Marion Blakey yesterday said US FAA is ready to "seize the moment" and "close the book on Age 60." In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, Blakey acknowledged that forcing US commercial airline pilots to retire at 60 is "becom[ing] increasingly more difficult to defend" and that the vast experience of older pilots who are fitter and healthier than their forebears, ...

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