In order to honor the terms of the thread title and attempt to discuss the Age 65 Rule without talking about the merits of the new rule I'll say this: I think the Age 65 legislation was printed on good paper with a nice type style.
Now approaching 65 I don't feel any different but how would I know if I was slowing down or not? Passing a physical is easy. Passing a checkride may or may not show proficiency in certain situations like long duty days or all night operations. I have flown with 55 year old captains that were having problems and we all knew it. Age is a factor but it affects each person differently.
Bingo! Thanks.Start a two part thread that asks:
How are the pilots who will work past 60 managing money in these tough times so they are ready to retire at 65? (that will be an eye opener. they aren't doing anything)
And, what can we do contracturally and within the RLA to get a broadbased retirement change for US 121 airline pilots?