House aims to ease air travel delays with more money for air traffic controllers

News Summary

  • The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would give the Federal Aviation Administration more money to hire air traffic controllers.
  • It also aims to address pilot shortages by raising the mandatory retirement age.
  • A provision raising the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots from 65 to 67 survived despite opposition from pilot groups.The House rejected an effort to increase the number of long-haul flights at Reagan Washington National Airport.
  • Flights to and from the airport are generally limited to 1,250 miles.Opponents said the airport is already too congested and that adding more flights would lead to more delays.
  • Smaller airlines lobbied for the change, saying it would ease a pilot shortage that is already causing a loss of service to smaller communities.
  • Lawmakers voted 243-139 to remove a provision that would have allowed more flight simulator hours to be credited toward the 1,500-hour in-flight requirement to become an airline pilot.
By KEVIN FREKING and DAVID KOENIG Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The Federal Aviation Administration would get more money to hire air traffic controllers and the mandatory retirement age for air [+3551 chars]