By 2020, there will be a shortage of nearly 1,000,000 aviation professionals in the United States; a shortage that will continue to increase domestically, grinding our nations infrastructure to a halt. Globally, the need for pilots and associated personnel is growing steadily as recovering and emerging economies drive aircraft purchases to support airline fleet expansions. These growing demands for skilled and educated workers, both at home and abroad, has experts concerned about how to ensure an adequate supply of trained and qualified pilots and other aviation professionals (mechanics, air traffic controllers, engineers, scientists, developers, etc.) to meet future commercial and private industry needs.
While significant strides have been made to change the number of minorities in the aviation industry, there is still a shortage of African Americans and other qualified but under-represented minorities in the field. The Vision of Flight program is simply striving to fill these much needed aviation/aerospace career positions with the appropriately qualified candidates, regardless of demographic background or race. We are working tirelessly to make sure that students are aware of the resources and opportunities that are available to them.
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A pilot shortage has already arisen in many regions of the world. Airlines across the globe are expanding their fleets and flight schedules to meet surging demand in emerging markets. Asia in particular is experiencing significant delays and operational interruptions due to pilot scheduling constraints.
The Asia Pacific region continues to present the largest projected growth in pilot demand, with a requirement of 185,600 new pilots. China has the largest demand within the region, with a need for 71,300 pilots. Europe will require 100,900 pilots, North America 69,000, Latin America 42,000, the Middle East 36,100, Africa 14,500, and the CIS 11,900.
As new-generation airplanes come to dominate the fleet over the next 20 years, airplane reliability will improve, and maintenance check intervals will lengthen. Although this trend will moderately demand growth, the requirement for maintenance personnel will continue to expand with the size of the global fleet. Emerging markets that currently recruit maintenance technicians from outside the region will have to develop a foundation for training qualified technical personnel from within the local workforce.
The need for maintenance personnel is expected to the grow most rapidly in the Asia Pacific region, which will require 243,500 new technical personnel. China’s requirement will be the largest, with an expected need for 99,400 technicians. Airlines in Europe will require 129,700, North America 92,500, the Middle East 53,700, Latin America 47,300, the CIS 18,100, and Africa 16,200.