Boeing has forecast that the commercial aviation
industry will need more than one million new pilots and
technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplane
deliveries over the next two decades.
The 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, a
respected industry forecast of aviation personnel, indicates that
by 2032 the world will require:
- 498,000 new commercial airline pilots
556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians
"The urgent demand for competent aviation
personnel is a global issue that is here now and is very real,"
said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services.
"The key to closing the pilot and technician gap in our industry
is enhancing our training with the latest, cutting-edge
technologies to attract and retain young people interested in
careers in aviation."
The 2013 outlook projects significant
increases in pilot demand - compared to previous forecasts - in
all regions except Europe, which declined slightly over last
Overall, the demand is driven by steadily
increasing airplane deliveries, particularly single-aisle
airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 25,000
new pilots annually.
Global demand for technicians remains
significant, at approximately 28,000 new technicians required
annually. However, the introduction of more efficient and smarter
airplanes will require fewer mechanics over time, as aging
aircraft - which typically require more maintenance - are retired from
service. New airplane technologies featuring more advanced components are likely to lead in some areas to lower maintenance
requirements and corresponding lower technician demand.
Projected demand for new pilots and technicians by global region:
Asia Pacific – 192,300 pilots and 215,300 technicians
Europe – 99,700 pilots and 108,200 technicians
– 85,700 pilots and 97,900 technicians
Latin America –
48,600 pilots and 47,600 technicians
Middle East – 40,000
pilots and 53,100 technicians
Africa – 16,500 pilots and
Russia and CIS – 15,200 pilots and 18,000
"This is a global issue that can only be
addressed by industry-wide innovation and solutions," said Carbary.
"We need to attract more young people to careers in aviation by
continually looking at innovative ways to train pilots and
technicians, moving away from paper and chalkboard-based learning
to incorporate tablets, eBooks, gaming technology and
three-dimensional models. Aviation is a great field to be in - we
have a responsibility to make sure it's a viable career option for
the world's youth."
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