However, theres also a sub-rule attached to the directive for the first time: according to the DGCA guidelines, pilot-in-command who has attained the age of 65 will have to be accompanied by co-pilot who is 60-years-old or younger. DGCA officials said the rider has been introduced as a measure to ensure safety.
According to industry analysts, most countries permit pilots to fly until age 65, such as Japan and Israel. Even the European Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) recently raised their age limit to 65 for commercial pilots. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) too has recommended that member states, including the United States, adjust to a maximum age of 65 for commercial pilots.
The unprecedented boom in the civil aviation sector has left the airlines both state-owned and private scrambling for trained pilots, particularly commanders. There is a shortage of between 150 and 180 pilots in the two public sector carriers, Air-India and Indian Airlines, alone.
Skys The Limit
| Pilots can now retire at 65, instead of 61 |
Co-pilot must be 60 or below
AI, IA short of 150 and 180 pilots
India will need 4,000 pilots over next 5 years