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Boeing Forecasts Increased Global Demand for Airline Pilots

August 30, 2013, 10:32 am

On August 29th Boeing opened the 787 flight training at the Boeing Flight Services in Miami, FL. During the event the company released the 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook.

"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. This is a global issue that can only be addressed by industry-wide innovation and solutions," said Carbary. "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."

The Boeing outlook indicates that by 2032 the global requirements will be:

• 498,000 new commercial airline pilots
• 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians

Of these North America will require 85,700 pilots and 97,900 technicians.

This demand is driven by steadily increasing airplane deliveries, particularly single-aisle airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 25,000 new pilots annually.

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