Freight DogsFinally a forum for those midnight prowler types who utilise the unglamorous parts of airports that many of us never get to see. Freight Dogs is for pilots and crew who operate mostly without SLF.
Hope so ! I will never have saved enough dosh to retire at 65 but, I fear you are wrong, think 65 is Max for Class1 medical, and you need one of these to Command/ be a crew member on a "Frightener" just as a pax A/C AFAIK.
As we all know, the licence for flying freight is very different and inferior to that for pax. At least I assume that's the case based on the number of times I get asked when I'll be able to get a licence to fly pax and not just parcels.
I'm surprised... 15 responses and not one has quoted any specific CAA laws that state positively the ruling on age limits. In the US a pilot can continue operating even as PIC on any Part 135 operation (non-scheduled pax ops.. ie air-taxi/ aerial work of various nature) provided that he/she qualifies for a class 2 medical... Anything other than Part 121..(Scheduled Ops whether pax or freight)... So what is the rule in Europe ? Can a pilot continue to earn money flying after the magic 65 ? Aerial survey maybe ? Or even if it's only ferrying ?
Last edited by MungoP; 14th Apr 2012 at 13:07.
The reason why this whole topic is so controversial is obvious:
A whole generation of pilots,originally on a much lower planned retirement age, ( 55-60 usually) got their extension until 65 on the back of those younger pilots, stuck in the right seat with pathetic pay. Those who had the benefit of working in this profession in the golden 70's and 80's did not care, just selfish and ruthless behavior. Now you want to go even beyond 65, of course in the left hand seat.
I think 711 rather than see those guys as being selfish you might better view them as being victims of the industry... and you'd be better off campaigning for extensions to age limits rather than opposing them... you're on the same train, just a few carriages back ! Most of us thought of being able to retire on a reasonable pension by 60 yrs of age only to find it a complete joke.... and that's the lucky ones that hadn't been furloughed 4 times or been the victims of company failures. Add to that the all too common AIDS involving maintenance payments and college fees and the vision of some wealthy, selfish, aging crews soon dissipates. You need to start looking over your shoulder... fate is creeping up on you. As for the younger ones wanting to move into the left seat, that's perfectly understandable and no doubt frustrating ... unfortunately it's just one more sad side effect of today's industry... there are many more and people who are considering a career as a pilot will just have to take that into account.
Mungo, if it wasn't so sad in the first place to even have the desire to fly over 65, I would laugh at your cynical and proposterous suggestions.
Feel free to sit on your undoubtly massive bottom as long as you wish. In the right hand seat ,without seniority (regarding any requests like leave,trips etc), and under the premise you leave first should the company struggle.
There is always one on these threads, bitter & wingeing on about how their command is being delayed by some old fart who should just gracefully p1ss off & vacate the seat for him. . . . . . . sometimes there are "other" reasons why they are stuck in the RHS, but easier to blame the old fogeys Eh ?
So, all you lovers of rules & regs, any definitive answer ? I think in Europe it is a No No, but if the ship was registered/on the AOC of , some "dodgier" country, that would be another thing. Well, the way things are going in general, it will probably be revised upwards anyhow, and before you start bleating again 711, most of the impetus for it being revised upwards, comes not from the population demanding to work longer, but from companies/govts desire to have us all drop dead ASAP after retiral, to avoid claiming any pension. This is happening to the general population in most European countries, & is purely & simply a cynical action by the politicians, to avoid paying back any of the loot we contributed for 40+ years.
Last edited by captplaystation; 14th Apr 2012 at 16:19.