NBAA is encouraging lawmakers to address a growing shortage of pilots and aviation technicians, as well as an aging pilot population.
In written testimony submitted to the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, NBAA noted that the Boeing company outlook has projected that 645,000 new commercial pilots and nearly 100,000 new business aircraft pilots will be needed worldwide between 2019 and 2038. Meanwhile, there is a projected worldwide demand for almost 770,000 new aviation technicians over the next 20 years.
“Another challenge we face is the aging pilot population, with the average age of commercial pilots at 51, and a mandatory retirement age of 65 for airline pilots, future demand will only increase,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told the subcommittee in his testimony. “New entrants to the workforce are also not choosing aviation careers as they did in the past, and the supply of pilots has decreased by 30% since 1987.”