CNN is airing a report today on the pilot shortage which is affecting the Global Airline Industry. Since the expansion of the airline industry across the globe has strongly affected the industry in the United States and ATP is at the forefront in providing solutions for the industry in the United States I thought I would share some of the article here:
A 35% increase in demand for air travel. A tripling of the region’s airplane fleet and up to nearly 13,000 new planes needed.
Predictions for growth in the aviation industry over the next two decades are impressive. But one question keeps recurring in the region and, indeed, around the globe. Will there be enough pilots to fly the new planes and enough technicians to maintain them?
“Even if we set up 100 airplane flying schools tomorrow, it still wouldn’t be enough,” says Bony Sharma, vice president of Mil-Com Aerospace Group, a Singapore-based aviation training company, “The shortage is that extreme.”
Half a million pilots needed globally
Released in August 2013, the Boeing Pilot and Technical Market Outlook for 2013-2032 forecasts nearly half a million new commercial airline pilots will be needed to fly all the new airplanes entering the world fleet over the next 20 years.
Boeing’s Randy Tinseth commented, “The market’s going to double over the next 15 to 20 years, but remember it doubled over the last 15 to 20 years that we’ve just come through,” he says. “It’s something we can manage through, but we have to get out ahead of it.”