Washington, D.C. (November 13, 2014) – Today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its much anticipated “notice of policy” to initiate harmonization with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) “Pilot Age Limit Crew Pairing Requirement” (see attached link).

Contained within this policy change is the relaxation of existing “crew pairing limitations”, which now allows pilots serving on airplanes in international commercial air transport operations with more than one pilot, to fly beyond 60 years of age (until age 65) without being paired with a pilot under 60 years of age.

The FAA has initiated rulemaking to conform to ICAO and anticipates publication of final rule in the Spring of 2015. During this transition period, the FAA will no longer enforce the crew pairing requirements as contained in 14CFR 121.383(d)(2), 121.383(e)(2), 61.3(j)(2), and 61.77(g).

Please contact CAPA HQ if you have any questions or need additional information at (202) 624-3535.