More busi­ness avi­a­tion pi­lots needed

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Lon­don-based Colibri Air­craft, which spe­cialises in the mar­ket­ing, re­sale and pur­chase of pri­vate air­craft, estimates that be­tween now and 2038 the UK will need to find around 2,500 new busi­ness avi­a­tion pi­lots to meet grow­ing de­mand for pri­vate air trans­port. “A short­age of pi­lots is cre­at­ing op­er­a­tional chal­lenges for cur­rent own­ers and risk­ing the sale of some pri­vate jet types,” says the com­pany’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Oliver Stone. “This is a real threat if they de­cide to only hire one full-time pi­lot and rely on con­tract crew. Busi­ness avi­a­tion pi­lots are in­creas­ingly leav­ing the sec­tor to fly com­mer­cial air­craft as air­lines of­fer them more pre­dictable sched­ules… [and this will] in­ten­sify, be­cause the world’s pas­sen­ger and freight air­craft fleet is set to more than dou­ble over the next nine­teen years, [dur­ing which] it has been es­ti­mated that the world needs to find 645,000 new com­mer­cial pi­lots.”

Stone pre­dicts that, glob­ally, some 98,000 new busi­ness avi­a­tion pi­lots will be needed over the next two decades. “The world needs to meet grow­ing de­mand. How­ever, the busi­ness avi­a­tion sec­tor is strug­gling to com­pete with air­lines in re­cruit­ing pi­lots. This means com­mer­cial air­lines are not only re­cruit­ing ex­ist­ing busi­ness avi­a­tion pi­lots, they are also get­ting the pick of newly qual­i­fied pi­lots. This is­sue is in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing the sale of some pri­vate jets, and we ex­pect it to con­tinue.”

98,000 busi­ness avi­a­tion pi­lots needed says Colibri Air­craft MD Oliver Stone

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