Sep 22 19

Emerging pilot shortfall presents opportunities for those seeking aviation jobs in the USA

Given its status as one of the premier aerospace marketplaces, we aren’t surprised here at TARCG to continue receiving many enquiries in relation to aviation jobs in the USA. Indeed, it seems that there will be no shortage of vacancies to chase in the country in the years to come.

That is at least according to U.S. officials who, as reported by Reuters, have warned of a potential impending shortage of commercial and military pilots and other aviation workers if airlines, government agencies and academic institutions do not work together to avoid it.

A situation of “gravity” and “urgency”

Acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Dan Elwell, commented at the national authority’s recent forum on aviation professionals at National Airport: “We have a diminishing supply of qualified pilots, mechanics and technicians. There needs to be a common understanding of the gravity and urgency of this situation.”

Elwell said that the last decade had seen a 27% drop in the number of U.S. private pilots with active certificates, alongside a 21% fall in the number of commercial pilots.

This tallies with a recent projection by Boeing that 127,000 new pilots will be required in North America by 2037, with the coming two decades also presenting a need for 754,000 aircraft technicians.

Debate continues about the training of pilots

Such figures as the above – as well as a forecast, as noted by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, that the number of airline passengers worldwide will almost double from four billion in 2017 to 7.8 billion by 2036 – should be music to the ears of many of those hopeful of landing aviation jobs in the USA in the years to come.

Sure enough, Chao said at the forum: “The bottom line is that the available pool of pilots is shrinking. It is incumbent on all of us to find solutions.”

However, there has been disagreement in the aerospace industry about pilot training requirements, and whether certain simulated training hours can be counted to shorten the training period, a suggestion that has been met with opposition from some safety advocates.

Another issue with pilot training is a lack of instructors, Elwell having observed that those who would otherwise potentially fill such roles often gain employment with airlines as soon as they log sufficient time in the air.  

Could your next lucrative aviation role be in the United States?

Such a combination of conditions as the above certainly suggests that there will be ample aviation jobs in the USA for which to compete in the looming decades – as a reputable aviation recruiter such as TARCG can help you to secure.

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