A ‘Perfect Storm’ Pilot Shortage Threatens Global Aviation

There has likely never been a better time to get your pilot?s license, but for aircraft operators, large and small, new trainees may come too late.

Discussion of the looming pilot crisis is not new, but we are beginning to see just how damaging it will be for all sectors of aviation around the globe.

It comes at a time when demand for new pilots is expected to rise dramatically over the next two decades as a result of new aircraft entering the global fleet. Boeing has projected that aviation will need 790,000 new pilots by 2037 to meet growing demand, with 96,000 pilots needed to support the business aviation sector. At the Farnborough Air Show, Airbus estimated demand at 450,000 pilots by 2035. Even with Airbus? more conservative number, the gap between demand and supply is vast.