Demand for Pilots Forecasted to be Strong for Next 20 Years

Recent reports from the FAA, ICAO, Airbus, Boeing, and university researchers indicate that demand for pilots will continue to increase and remain strong for at least the next two decades. The need for commercial pilots in the USA is 5,000 per yr.
By: Patrick W. Murphy
Jan. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- Recent reports from the FAA, ICAO, Airbus, Boeing, and university researchers indicate that demand for pilots will continue to increase and remain strong for at least the next two decades.  Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has pegged the need for commercial pilots at more than 466,000 by 2029.  Though the greatest growth in aviation is forecasted for the Asia/Pacific region, Boeing predicts a need for more than 97,000 commercial pilots in North America or nearly 5,000 each year during that period.

Though increases in fuel prices and world economic constraints may yet limit the expected demand for future pilots, some researchers using FAA forecasts predict a potential shortfall of U.S. Airline Transport Pilots of more than 2,000 pilots each year for the next two decades.  ICAO estimates indicate that worldwide there even now the training capacity of the aviation industry does not meet immediate training demand.  

In the USA where typically the first airline job is with a regional airline, nearly all the regional airlines were hiring new pilots in 2011 many of them pilots with less than 1,500.  However, expected changes to FAA regulations as a result of recent airline accidents may force a delay in hiring new airline pilots and could exacerbate the pilot demand situation.

Most of the recent forecasts are good news for students starting a career as a pilot now.  However, the high cost of pilot training and limited sources of financial aid are challenges that all new pilots must meet.  Pilot training benefits for veterans under the Post 9/11 GI Bill are one exception.   Veterans seeking new careers as pilots will likely find that the state-supported colleges are one of the best places to maximize the GI bill benefits for flight training.  

Florida State College at Jacksonville is one of the state-supported colleges that Florida residents might consider.  With low in-state tuition rates and a full range of federal and state financial aid options, FSCJ should be one of the top options for everyone considering flight training in a college environment.  FSCJ offers a two-year Associate of Science degree in Professional Pilot Technology and a variety of four year degrees including business administration.

Sunrise Aviation is the exclusive pilot training partner for FSCJ.  Sunrise Aviation now has a flight school located at the Cecil Airport in Jacksonville located at the FSCJ Cecil Center South campus.  Sunrise Aviation has more than 40 aircraft available for pilot training and rental at their Ormond Beach and Jacksville, Florida locations.

Students interested in the Sunrise Aviation and Florida State College at Jacksonville pilot training programs can contact them at:

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Aviation College of Excellence
Cecil Center South
13450 Lake Fretwell Street
Building J, Room J-109
Jacksonville, FL  32221

A good way to get an introduction to FSCJ aviation programs is to attend one of their Open Houses held every second Tuesday of each month from 1700 to 1900 (5:00 to 7:00 p.m.). If you are unable to attend, please call or email Sunrise Aviation and we will arrange a personal tour to suit your schedule.

To learn more about the Sunrise Aviation Satellite, please contact us in the following ways:

General email:

Patrick Murphy, Director of Training &
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor
Jacksonville Satellite

To learn more about the FSCJ Aviation program contact Sam Fischer, Program Manager at:  1-904-317-3844

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Flight training for professional pilots. Private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, multi-engine rating and flight instructor. Aircraft rental. Full-service FBO with fuel and maintenance available. Ormond Beach and Jacksonville, Florida.
Source:Patrick W. Murphy
Tags:Pilot Training, Veterans, Post-9/11 Gi Bill, Flight Training, Florida, FSCJ, Sunrise Aviation, State College, Jacksonville
Industry:Education, Aerospace, Transportation
Location:Ormond Beach - Florida - United States
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