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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 08:02
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zac21
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: First tin shed on the left,,,
Posts: 154
Old age and flying,,,

Well Ladies and Gents,

I am now 71 years old, but feel 50,, maybe not as lithe as I was with but still quite on the ball and love my job. I fly IFR RPT (with a co-pilot), and I feel I am at the top of my game, but I admit my hearing has deteriorated a tad (noise cancelling headsets fix that), and need glasses for short sighted stuff, so not a problem.

It is only a matter of time before I too will succumb to the dreaded forced retirement situation, hopefully not for a few years.

At the moment I am fully aware of my age and watch very carefully for any 'slips' or 'mistakes' that I may make, particularly with my awareness of any deterioration of required skills.

If at all I recognised any deterioration of my performance, OR, my trusted co pilot was to correct me for a stupid mistake that I missed,, that will be the time to go, otherwise we shall keep on flying till either I want to go, or I (or my Co Pilot) recognises any dangerous or adverse symptoms. (as he has been briefed)
As well we have all seen some friends who are much younger look and feel like very old people unable to do menial tasks,,, it makes one feel sad for them.

PS: My Mum is 97 years old, alert, and still mobile, as well as one could be at that age.

(Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill),,, or so they say!!
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