We are sad yet proud to announce that our dear Flight Operations & Flight Training Manager Vladimir Loktajev headed into retirement as he arrived to Tallinn 31.03.2016 for the final flight. Retirement was due to his age as Mr. Loktajev turned 65. The mandatory retirement of pilots at age 65 is a political issue rather than one of safety or medicine.

History of pilot retirement

Before 2007 the retirement age was 60 but the rule was changed yielding to the majority of pilots and aerospace physicians who believed that an arbitrary number was chosen without substantial evidence correlating age to safety.


Traditional welcome

Airest organised a traditional welcome at the Tallinn airport where Mr. Loktajev drove the aircraft trough two streams of water burst from the airport fire trucks. Greeted by our team it was an emotional and memorable moment for all of us.


Mr. Loktajev will continue as an instructor

It’s not a farewell. Highly experienced Mr Loktajev will continue working at Airest as a Crew Training manager.
Some pictures from the event: