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Oldest Australian Airline Pilot?

Old 1st May 2008, 09:32
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Billy Vincent had 20,000 hours in his logbook, 18,000 in GA aircraft and 2,000 in ultralights. Not bad for a PPL pilot, all of that in single engine aircraft and most of that over Bass Strait.
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Old 1st May 2008, 16:31
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Oldest QF 744 captain i can find is 64. He's good for world airspace until he's 65 when I think the US may ban him again....and that means the Indons do also. Not 100% sure on that now whether the 65 extension is just for US pilots or whether it applies to everyone. I don't think he'll be able to 'bid back' to the 767 again as he's already done that once before when he turned 60- before they changed the rules and those aged greater than 60 could fly o/s.

I know there is a 744 F/O who is 66. My records show about 70 QF drivers over the age of 60. Some of them are skippers, some of them are F/Os, one of them is a S/O! (He's an ex Flight Engineer).

I did hear of a 67 year old 737 driver a few years back. I can't see their details to be sure how old the oldest one is now.
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Old 1st May 2008, 21:46
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Keg, do your homework son. There are 2 S/Os over 60 - GS & NM. They were both on a LAX trip last month together.
I am reliably informed that the 66 year old F/O is on LSL and won't fly again.
Watch out for the sim instructors over 60 listed as Capt with seniority over 2000.
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Old 1st May 2008, 22:15
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there is a D8 captain in PNG who is 69 with 30000+ hrs and still going strong....
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Old 1st May 2008, 22:16
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With all due respect....is WT over 60ish? Nice chap too!

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Old 1st May 2008, 23:15
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AQIS Boigu. Is GF (ex SQ) still with APNG? I would have thought he was well over 70?
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Old 1st May 2008, 23:35
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mustafa, thanks for that....probably should have said "...at least one is a S/O". I was aware of GS- was in the same class as his daughter in primary school - but wasn't aware of the other. I should have been given his history with the cadets in ADL all those years ago!

Jaba, if it's the WT that's into regulatory stuff then 61.
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Old 2nd May 2008, 03:12
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IBJ, 71 years young F/O just retired. Something like 30 years with the same company!
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Old 2nd May 2008, 04:28
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Career f/o's

So it appears we have quite a few long term f/o's.
We better tell the flying schools about that.
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Old 2nd May 2008, 05:31
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None of you are even close , up till a few years ago there was a FLYING TIGER Flight Engineer on their 747 Classic Freighters who was , wait for it , 83 years old!!!!!!!!! Iknow you wanted Australian crew but this takes the cake!!!!!!!
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Old 2nd May 2008, 07:24
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bushy - some of the older chaps like IBJ are/were only FOs because of the ATPL req (not having done the subjects). They logged many hours in command prior.
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Old 2nd May 2008, 09:22
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Oldest Airline Pilot

It's amazing how many replies there are here and yet none answer the question put up by "Tailwheel"

I have been checking with interest (as have others) but to date no answer. I read that the question is related to currently operating i.e. with current medical, current simulator, line checks etc;

Perhaps somebody may know of such a person or even the one mentioned by tailwheel.

I have become aware of one with a Regional Airline in an Eastern state who still moves around like a 45 year old and other crews (both tech and cabin) are quite pleased to have him around when the outside turns nasty etc: Hopefully, some may guess to whom my reference refers.

Anyhow, good on him (and any others) for staying around and passing on many beneficial points.

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Old 2nd May 2008, 21:48
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Tail Wheel,

GF "was left" when the B1900s were returned - I wasnt working at MBA/APNG at that time but I heard that he was keen to go onto the D8. The company suggested though that it was time for his retirement.

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Old 2nd May 2008, 22:12
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AQIS, thanks for that - I guess he's retired at last? He must be 80-ish by now.

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Old 3rd May 2008, 01:17
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Capt Charles Wytcherley 73 HeavyLift B727 skipper going strong.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 04:34
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DEREK,

Is that because you are 98 and bed ridden ?
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Old 3rd May 2008, 05:06
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Rather be out flying any day, than stuck in the old peoples home crapping me dacks.

If you can pass the medicals keep on flying!!!
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Old 5th May 2008, 07:00
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All the more reason to look after your health, so you can get there, too.
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Old 19th Jun 2008, 07:36
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Nice Post! The USA has quite a few corporate types who were able to hang on! I got a tailwheel checkout in 1976 from Edna Gardner White who was 80 at the time. She must of had 40,000 hours!

More than 21,000 hours later, I still remember the checkout and how much of a professional she was...........original 99er. Sorry, off the original question........age 60 and still going!

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Old 19th Jun 2008, 08:19
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86 years old - amazing! Born the year after Q.A.N.T.A.S!
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