The 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast of personnel demand, projects a requirement for 498,000 new commercial airline pilots and 556,000 new maintenance technicians to fly and maintain the new aircraft entering the world fleet over the next 20 years.
Boeing says that meeting this exponential demand growth will require innovative solutions focused on new digital technology to match the learning requirements of a new generation. The growing diversity of aviation personnel will require instructors to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills. Training providers will focus more strongly on enabling airplane operators to gain optimum advantage from the advanced features of the latest generation of aircraft.
Airlines across the globe are expanding their fleets and flight schedules to meet surging aviation demand in emerging markets. The industry continues to consider how to address challenges and fill the future pilot pipeline.
The largest projected growth in pilot demand is in the Asia Pacific region, with a requirement for 192,300 new pilots over the next 20 years. China will generate the largest share of the region’s demand, with a need for 77,400 pilots. Europe will require 99,700 pilots, North America 85,700, Latin America 48,600, the Middle East 40,000, Africa 16,500, and the Commonwealth of Independent States 15,200.