Air travel by citizens of every country increases each year, even in times of economic uncertainty. More pilots are therefore needed. Estimates for the number of commercial pilots need is now significantly higher than before the worldwide economic recession: In 2008 Boeing Aircraft projected that at least 18,000 new pilots would be needed each year. However, the latest figures project nearly 23,000 pilots are needed each year, to keep pace with the increasing demand in air travel.
According to industry publications, a potential 2,484 pilots are expected to achieve their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating this year, which is roughly 12% of today’s 613,740 active pilots. However, according to industry sources, 5,600 new pilots are needed each year in the U.S. alone — and will be needed for at least the next twenty years. That means a total of 112,000 pilot are needed. When you do the math, you can easily see that the current new pilot supply is less than half what is needed, creating an upcoming shortage.
What does this mean to you, if you are passionate about aviation and wish to be an airline pilot?
It means good career opportunities; it means the airlines will be wanting to hire you. Being an airline pilots is an important job, of course, and training is needed. You need to start learning about training and choosing a flight school now. Be sure to choose a high quality flight school; that’s important and will help you get that job and have that career you want. To find out more, contact www.pea.com. A Phoenix East Aviation admissions officer is waiting to tell you how you can start your training next month!