To help Indonesian alleviate its acute shortage of experienced pilots, the Department of Transportation has agreed to increase the maximum age of retirement for professional pilots from 60 to 65 years, bringing Indonesian regulations into line with those set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the change in the retirement age is in response to a request from the Indonesian National Air Carrier Association (INACA) seeking to help meet the unprecedented demand for pilots resulting from the rapid growth in the national aviation sector.
Because of fears that older pilots are more susceptible to illness, the Government will designate a specific hospital to review the fitness of older pilots, will continue to require physicals once every six months, and only allow pilots over age 60 to fly with a co-pilot also at the controls.
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