Global Demand for Pilots:

An industry forecast that nearly half a million new airline pilots will be needed worldwide over the next 20 years as airlines expand their fleets, has raised safety concerns that airlines will hire pilots of lower calibre as they struggle to fill slots.

Boeing, one of the world’s largest makers of commercial jetliners forecasts that about 465,000 new pilots will be needed worldwide between now and 2031 as global economies expand and airlines take deliveries of tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners. The forecast includes 69,000 new pilots in North America, mostly in the U.S. The greatest growth will be in the Asia-Pacific region, where an estimated 185,600 new pilots will be needed.

A typical career path is to get hired as a first officer at a regional airline, get promoted to captain and then get hired by a mainline carrier.

To advance to the pinnacle of the profession, a student needs to gain experience in any number of creative ways. For example:

  • Try teaching. Many pilots start their careers as flight instructors.
  • Take assignments with charter planes or air-taxi companies.
  • Go private. Don’t forget about opportunities flying corporate planes.
  • And some pilots take jobs as flight engineers with the airlines.

Dual Job Opportunities

There will be dual job opportunities when the students undergo the training overseas. After CPL, the students can undertake flight instructor training and can get flight instructor job abroad. Based on immigration law of the host country, the student can stay back with the work permit and work as instructor. When the students work as instructors, they can get strong subject knowledge as well as flying experience. Hence the student can get in touch with flying regularly and build their flying hours. Once the students have go initial 500 hours of flying experience, they will have a chance to work as charter pilots in charter airlines. If the students can work abroad continuously for two years, their chances of getting permanent residency (PR) will be very bright.

Scope of Pilots in India

India is coming up as a powerful nation. Its growth is not unidirectional but multi-directional. One of the visible proof of the growth of Indian economy is the improvement in quality of life of people residing in India. Aviation sector is not secluded from the list of growing industries in India.

The expansion of the Indian Aviation Industry is basically because of three reasons. Firstly because of increase in the Per Capita Income of the people, making it possible for them to spend more on the luxury of flying and secondly because of the pressure of competent growth; the strengthening economy is on no verge to compromise the productive time on traveling. This trend is not restrained to a particular class of the Indian Society. More and more middle-class flyers are fetching glory and advancement in the aviation sector of India. Last but not the least, the country’s tourism sector and Foreign Direct Investment has increased substantially over the last decade which has fetched many International passengers, taking Indian Aviation Industry to stronger and more powerful platform.

True that Indian Aviation Sector is still on the run for betterment; however, the population of Indian flyers makes this industry as one of the most powerful sector in the country. Leave apart the Foreign Airlines Companies running in the nation, there are nearly 20 leading domestic airline companies running both Intra-national and International flights in India and  the number of passengers commuting by air has been increasing tremendously from 50 million in 2008 to 80 million in the year 2012. A total of 132 airports including 5 international airports speak in itself for the expanding aviation industry and the scope for Commercial Pilot License holders in India.

Commercial Pilots are very much in demand and the scope for the Commercial Pilot License holders are not limited to the statistical figures of this date. It is estimated to increase in a cent per cent ratio in the coming years as the number of air passengers is calculated to increase drastically. This would certainly call for more number of aircrafts, airports and obviously commercial pilots. There is no doubt that the scope for Commercial Pilots in India is escalating with each passing year.

Despite the swelling aviation sector, Commercial Pilot Training Institutes in India are in their initial stage. Thus, most of the Indian students aiming to receive Commercial Pilot Training usually go abroad. They seek for quality training from skilled instructors outside India to obtain the Commercial Pilot License. Blue Bird Flight Academy has been a renowned name in catering quality training and services to hundreds of Indian students especially concentrating on the  Commercial Pilot Training. The aviation industry is witnessing lot of changes. The job of Commercial pilot is one of the most prestigious and glamorous jobs in India. The expansion in the aviation industry has resulted in many career avenues as well. This is a lucrative field which requires high end training. The need for people in this field is those who enjoy taking challenges.

As far as the job of a commercial pilot is concerned, it involves lot of responsibility. Pilots are highly trained professionals in this area. This area of job is highly specialized as it involves specialized knowledge in fields such as Aircraft management and Air navigation. Knowledge in the areas like meteorological report interpretation, and overall landing of the aircraft under emergency situations is also a must if an aspirant wants to have a successful career in this field.

To become a Commercial Pilot a Commercial Pilot License is important. Since the number of Flights operating in India is high, the demand for the same is high and is also highly remunerative.

Indian is on the threshold of becoming an aviation hub with exponential expansion of airline organizations and number of aircraft and of course the air travelers. India is coming up as a powerful nation. Its growth is not unidirectional but multi-directional. One of the visible proof of the growth of Indian economy is the improvement in quality of life of people residing in India. Aviation sector is not secluded from the list of growing industries in India.

The expansion of the Indian Aviation Industry is basically because of three reasons. Firstly because of increase in the Per Capita Income of the people, making it possible for them to spend more on the luxury of flying and secondly because of the pressure of competent growth; the strengthening economy is on no verge to compromise the productive time on traveling. This trend is not restrained to a particular class of the Indian Society. More and more middle-class flyers are fetching glory and advancement in the aviation sector of India. Last but not the least, the country’s tourism sector and Foreign Direct Investment has increased substantially over the last decade which has fetched many International passengers, taking Indian Aviation Industry to stronger and more powerful platform.

True that Indian Aviation Sector is still on the run for betterment; however, the population of Indian flyers makes this industry as one of the most powerful sector in the country. Leave apart the Foreign Airlines Companies running in the nation, there are nearly 20 leading domestic airline companies running both Intra-national and International flights in India and  the number of passengers commuting by air has been increasing tremendously from 50 million in 2008 to 80 million in the year 2012. A total of 132 airports including 5 international airports speak in itself for the expanding aviation industry and the scope for Commercial Pilot License holders in India.

Commercial Pilots are very much in demand and the scope for the Commercial Pilot License holders are not limited to the statistical figures of this date. It is estimated to increase in a cent per cent ratio in the coming years as the number of air passengers is calculated to increase drastically. This would certainly call for more number of aircrafts, airports and obviously commercial pilots. There is no doubt that the scope for Commercial Pilots in India is escalating with each passing year.

Scope of Pilots abroad

Based on “surging aviation demand in emerging markets”, Boeing predicts that airline fleet expansion around the world will drive what it calls an “exponential increase” in demand for pilots and mechanics over the next 20 years.  In its Pilot and Technician Outlook, Boeing predicts a record need for an additional 533,000 airline pilots and 584,000 maintenance technicians to meet global aviation requirements.

The greatest demand for pilots and mechanics continues to be in the Asia Pacific region, with China in the lead.  But other areas of the world are also experiencing large fleet expansions, including the Middle East. By region, the predicted 20 year demand for new pilots is:  Asia Pacific 216,000, Europe 94,000, North America 88,000, the Middle East 55,000, Latin America 45,000, the Commonwealth of Independent States [former Soviet Union countries] 18,000 and Africa 17,000.

For mechanics, the greatest demand is also forecast in the emerging Asia Pacific markets, with a projected need for 224,000 new airline mechanics over the next 20 years.  In addition, the projected demand by region is: Europe 102,000, North America 109,000, the Middle East 62,000, Latin America 44,000, CIS 24,000 and Africa 19,000.