Pilot Career Centre - Global
Pilot Career Centre - Global

Pilot Shortage - 2016 and Beyond

ANA Boeing B787 awaiting its next journey.

If you have an interest in aviation or in becoming a pilot, there is no time like the present!

We hear the following statements all the time:

"Flight Schools have been forecasting a 'pilot shortage' for 30+ years!"... "Is there really a shortage?"... "I know a guy who has applied all over and cannot get a job anywhere!"... "Clearly it's the same old scam, right?!"

ANSWER — there is a Massive Pilot Shortage – today, tomorrow, and for years to come!

The first step in understanding the Pilot Shortage is to look at the factors that have created it:

  • High Levels of Retirements (pilots turning 65) in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia/NZ…
  • Global Aviation Growth alongside economic growth in India, Africa, USA, Asia Pacific, NZ, USA, etc.
  • Airplane Technologies (B787, A350) enabling flights between cities never before connected
  • Massive Growth of the Gulf Airlines and Turkish Airlines
  • New long-range VIP Jets allowing the ultra-rich to cross oceans without a fuel stop
  • Massive expansion of Low Cost / Ultra-Low Cost Airlines across the globe
  • Very low salaries at the Regionals causing years of low intake levels
  • Low Oil Prices increasing airline profits - enabling short-term growth demand
  • Introduction of fuel-efficient Regional Turboprops allowing services to smaller towns
  • The growth of seaplane infrastructure and efficiencies for popular coastal communities.

PCC is a group of pilots who share a passion for aviation. We have spent 20+ years flying across the globe and have never seen anything like this shortage. As Airline Captains, we want to pass on what we are seeing / experiencing. See the Latest News and PCC Blogs below – our aim here is to inform you and to help you to best position yourself for an amazing career in the sky.

Pilot Shortage News///Global
Pilot Shortage News
Airline industry facing a massive pilot shortfall Airline industry faces massive pilot shortfall 2017-06-22 2017-06-22 Global GLB
Skyscanner confirms demand for low-cost Trans-Atlantic Flights Skyscanner confirms demand for low-cost Trans-Atlantic Flights 2017-06-16 2017-06-16 Global GLB
Additional Need for 530,000 Pilots with Services set to Grow Additional Need for 530,000 Pilots with Services set to Grow 2017-06-16 2017-06-16 Global GLB
Low-cost airlines shaking up longhaul market Low-cost airlines shaking up longhaul market 2017-06-10 2017-06-10 Global GLB
Boeing’s rookie plane boss plots assault on Airbus with new jets Boeing’s boss plots assault on Airbus with new jets 2017-06-10 2017-06-10 Global GLB
Why airline pilots are getting the biggest bonuses ever Why airline pilots are getting the biggest bonuses ever 2017-05-31 2017-05-31 USA USA
Bearskin Air and Jazz Sign Pathways Program Agreement Bearskin Air and Jazz Sign Pathways Program Agreement 2017-05-02 2017-05-02 Canada CAN
Air Wisconsin hiring more than 400 pilots as it returns to United Express Air Wisconsin hiring more than 400 pilots for United Express 2017-04-19 2017-04-19 USA USA
Indian Govt awards 128 regional routes to Air India, SpiceJet among others Indian Govt awards 128 regional routes to Air India, SpiceJet among others 2017-04-03 2017-04-03 Asia ASIA
India overtakes Japan to become 3rd Largest In Domestic Air Traffic India overtakes Japan to become 3rd Largest In Domestic Air Traffic 2017-03-27 2017-03-27 Asia ASIA
BAA Training Invites Future Wizz Air Cadets to Meet in Warsaw BAA Training Invites Future Wizz Air Cadets to Meet in Warsaw 2017-03-20 2017-03-20 Europe EUR
Women in Aviation 2017: We're Hiring Women in Aviation 2017: We're Hiring 2017-03-10 2017-03-10 Global GLB
Alaska Airlines to hire 2,300 new employees Alaska Airlines to hire 2,300 new employees 2017-03-06 2017-03-06 USA USA
Regional airlines warn of pilot shortage Regional airlines warn of pilot shortage 2017-03-06 2017-03-06 USA USA
Pilot shortage has major airlines looking to fill cockpit seats Pilot shortage has major airlines looking to fill cockpit seats 2017-02-23 2017-02-23 USA USA
BAA Training Adds ATR 72-600 BAA Training Adds ATR 72-600 2017-02-08 2017-02-08 Europe EUR
Austrian Starts Training Pilots at the European Flight Academy Austrian Starts Training Pilots at the European Flight Academy 2017-02-08 2017-02-08 Europe EUR
CommutAir to Partner with ATP Flight School CommutAir to Partner with ATP Flight School 2017-01-24 2017-01-24 USA USA
Indian Airlines capacity to jump to 25% over next 3-4 years Indian Airlines capacity to jump to 25% over next 3-4 years 2016-12-28 2016-12-28 Asia ASIA
Hillsboro Aero Academy and Horizon sign agreement for Pilot Training Hillsboro Aero Academy and Horizon sign agreement for Pilot Training 2016-12-12 2016-12-12 USA USA
Chinese Airlines Are Flooding the World With Super-Cheap Airfares Chinese Airlines Are Flooding the World With Super-Cheap Airfares 2016-12-12 2016-12-12 Asia ASIA
Canada faces impending shortage of aircraft mechanics and pilots Canada faces impending shortage of aircraft mechanics and pilots 2016-12-08 2016-12-08 Canada CAN
Jazz and Air Cadet League of Canada Sign Pilot Pathway Agreement Jazz and Air Cadet League of Canada Sign Pilot Pathway Agreement 2016-12-07 2016-12-07 Canada CAN
Jazz and Wasaya Airways sign pilot pathway agreement Jazz and Wasaya Airways sign pilot pathway agreement 2016-11-22 2016-11-22 Canada CAN
Boeing Forecasts New Aircraft Demand Boeing Forecasts New Aircraft Demand 2016-11-22 2016-11-22 Oceania OCN
SpiceJet Boeing 737NG taxiing for departure.
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