Addressing the Pilot Shortage – Evaluating Cognitive Decline in Pilots

There has been a great deal of attention focused on the impending pilot shortage in the United
States and internationally, and no real solution has been proposed except “we need to train
more pilots fast!” Raising the mandatory retirement age from 60 to 65 back in 2009 helped, but
it simply postponed the inevitable fact that the aviation industry needs to do something to meet
increasing demand. A multi-pronged solution has been floated that recommends, among other
things, raising the mandatory retirement age once again to 70.
What do you think? Research the literature associated with aging and pilot performance and
form an opinion as to whether raising the mandatory retirement age to 70 is a good idea or
not. Remember to use research findings and facts to support your views.
Provide at least three scholarly sources to support your research. Submit your paper using
APA format.

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