16 JULY 2018
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Legal papers have been served by law firm DMH Stallard on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) seeking a judicial review of the CAA’s age restrictions for commercial pilots.
The company is acting for Wayne Bayley, a former captain with TUI Airways, who has nearly 26,000hr flying time and was 65 earlier this year. Under EU Aircrew Regulations, he is now prohibited from acting as a pilot in commercial air transport.
Stallard says Bayley was a training captain for more than 22 years and spent four years as a fleet manager with TUI, responsible for more than 30 aircraft and associated pilots.
The law firm says he has passed all medical and competency examinations during his career at an above average level. In 2013, he flew the first Boeing B787 Dreamliner from the UK to Barbados.
The firm also points out non-EU countries including Australia, New Zealand and Canada do not have upper age limit restrictions on pilots but base a pilot’s competency to fly on medical tests.
Bayley said: “The age limit of 64 for commercial pilots is out of date and there is also a clear benefit in having experienced pilots operating in the UK to help to address the current shortage of pilots, especially experienced training captains.”
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