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More than 260,000 New Pilots Needed Over the Next 10 Years: CAE

CAE : Nov 11, 2020 - : 12:31 am

Despite the short-term decline in the number of active pilots due to the impact of COVID-19, the civil aviation industry is expected to require more than 260,000 new pilots over the next decade, according to CAE’s 2020-2029 CAE Pilot Demand Outlook Press Release. Age-based retirement and fleet growth will continue to be the main drivers of pilot demand.

While the demand for pilots has decreased significantly because of the ongoing pandemic, the active pilot population is expected to return to 2019 levels in 2022,  according to the analysis.  Retirement and attrition are expected to continue to be a challenge for the civil aviation industry as air travel recovers progressively. This is expected to drive an acute demand for pilots, resulting in an estimated short-term need for about 27,000 new pilots starting in late 2021.

The report demonstrates that despite the short-term decline in the number of active pilots due to the impact of COVID-19, the civil aviation industry is expected to require more than 260,000 new pilots over the next decade. CAE’s analysis shows that the fundamental factors influencing pilot demand prior to the COVID-19 outbreak remain unchanged.

“Disruptive events are opportunities to innovate and collaborate.” said said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “With airlines, operators, authorities, and aircraft manufacturers, CAE will continue to shape the future of pilot training to ensure the highest level of safety and security of air travel.”

CAE’s outlook also includes ideas on how to leverage digital technology and analytical insights to enhance pilot training. The global aviation community can harness the power of artificial intelligence to meet aviation’s crewing needs of the next decade, as well as ever-evolving safety standards, the report adds.

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