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When Eben Rexford wrote the famous lyrics above in the mid-1800s, the only one who could even imagine that they might someday be recited by a man using a “flying machine” would have been Jules Verne! Yet, after 74 year-old Harrison Ford’s near miss recently, there is a great deal of attention being paid to a pilot’s age and their ability to fly a plane. As a result, if you are a pilot and are in your 60s, or ever plan to be in your 60s, you should be more than a little bit interested in HARRISON FORD’S NEAR-CRASH AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“From what I understand,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURNBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “Mr. Ford was more than a little confused. And,” he added solemnly, “that kind of confusion can result in a real dangerous situation.”
Purportedly, Ford’s “confusion” took several forms, including:
- Getting his tail-number wrong.
- Contacting the wrong tower.
- Landing on a taxiway rather than the runway he had been advised to use.
- Indicating he thought he was flying a helicopter instead of an airplane.
“It does sound as though the fact that Ford was flying a plane might not have been a good idea at the time,” Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING Vice President noted, “but one can’t assume that the reason for such was simply because of his age.”
The FAA certainly doesn’t. In fact, to date there is no “maximum age requirement” when it comes to surrendering your General Aviation Pilot’s License.
“In a lot of ways,” 75 year-old pilot Clyde Ericson pointed out, “driving a car is more demanding than flying a plane. For one thing,” he went on, “the skies are nowhere near as crowded as the highways, and congestion is often the cause of mishaps.”
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(To learn more about this topic, research “FAA AND AGE REQUIREMENTS”)