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Boeing predicts nearly 500,000 pilots needed by 2032

737, Flight Sim, Marketing, PhotosBoeing has released its 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, which predicts the need for nearly 500,000 airline pilots by 2032. According to the company, this is an increase on previous forecasts for nearly all regions, except Europe. The report also predicted the need for 556,000 new commercial airline 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 year’s outlook. Overall, the demand is driven by steadily increasing aircraft deliveries, particularly single-aisle aeroplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 25,000 new pilots annually.

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
  • North America – 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 15,900 technicians
  • Russia and CIS – 15,200 pilots and 18,000 technicians

Carbary added, “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.”