Pilots May Be The Next Big Employment Boom

In the business aviation industry we don;t get a chance to see often that jobs in this sector may be booming, but according to AIN, their may be a need to start thinking about gearing up for a boom in the pilot business and the maintenance business in the next 20 years.

According to Boeing, over the next 20 years there will be worldwide demand for 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel. A Boeing spokesman told AIN the demand for trained personnel is based on new and replacement aircraft sales projected in the company’s Current Market Outlook 2010-2029. “The world’s airlines are going to be hiring more than 23,000 pilots and 30,000 maintenance technicians annually through 2029,” he said. “Look to the Asia-Pacific area to account for the highest rate of growth: more than 180,000 pilots and 220,000 mechanics; 70,600 and 96,000+ will be by China alone.” The study listed a North American demand for 97,350 pilots and 137,000 maintenance workers, with Europe following closely at 94,800 and 122,000. Africa is projected to require 13,200 pilots and 15,000 mechanics, the Middle East 32,700 pilots and 44,500 maintenance personnel, Latin America 37,000 and 44,000, and the CIS will need 11,000 pilots and 14,000 maintenance personnel. “The challenge we face as an industry is to provide training on ever more sophisticated, technologically evolving equipment to an increasingly diverse worldwide population,” he said.

As it seems in most cases, China seems to be growing at a rapid pace and finds itself in a boom market for hiring employees.  I am not sure of the numbers and what the amounts represent as it relates to the business, but the best news is those pilots must fly aircraft and for that many pilots to be in the air, we must assume that they will need aircraft built and sold for that purpose.

FAA Pushing For Better Environment

Today at the Air Transport World 3rd Annual Eco-Aviation Conference, J Randolph Babbitt spoke about the environment and how the FAA is working to make it better.  He states that over the last three decades aviation has done an exceptional job of reducing the noise and emissions of aircraft.  He gave us an example of that reduction by stating that a fully loaded 787 flying from San Francisco to Kennedy yields fuel efficiency that’s similar to a 2010 Honda Accord at almost 10 times the speed.  Very impressive statistic being that we are moving 3 times the amount of passengers as the 80’s.

In addition to the remarks about how well the industry has done over the last thirty years, Babbitt stated that the FAA is launching the CLEEN program. The CLEEN program, Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise, will award $125 million in contracts today to five separate companies to develop and demonstrate technologies that will reduce commercial aviation jet fuel consumption, emissions and noise. These five year contracts are going to:  Boeing, General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney, and Rolls Royce.  Babbitt stated:

“The bottom line here is that we want engine and aircraft technologies that can be incorporated into the U.S. fleets by 2015 and will produce a 33 percent reduction in fuel burn regardless of the aircraft class. We want to cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 60 percent. And we want to make a cumulative reduction in aircraft noise levels by 32 decibels. These are ambitious goals, but they are achievable goals.”

Babbitt stated that this new technology could be seen in commercial aircraft as soon as 2015.  This seems to be a new strategy for everyone as we begin to see how we can become more eco-friendly in out industry and how we can make our world a better place.  These companies and the FAA seem to be leading that new directive well.

If you’d like more information about GE Aviation’s commitment to reduced emissions and fuel consumption, visit their website:

What Type of Corporate Jet Do You Need?

There is a how to for just about every single industry out there.  That is no different than a simple “How To Buy A Personal Jet“.  One of the things that stood out to me was the basics of the “how to” section.  For instance it seems pretty simple to pick out the jet you need.  All you need to do is find out how many passengers will be using the jet and how far you will be traveling.:

Determine the size and flying range you’ll need. Light jets ($3 million to $8 million) can take 5 to 8 passengers roughly 2,000 miles (3,219 km); midsize executive jets ($9 million to $16 million) can take up to 9 passengers from 2,000 to 3,000 miles (3,219 to 4,828 km); and large executive jets ($17 million to $45 million) can carry 12 passengers more than 4,000 miles (6,437 km). The more popular makers and models are: Learjet, Boeing Business Jet, Cessna, Gulfstream and Dassault Falcon.

Of course there are many more variables to take into consideration when purchasing a corporate jet and we will intend to discuss some of those things here, but I like when they boil things down to the very basic levels.  If you are in the market for a corporate jet, a personal use jet or are looking for more information, contact us.  We can also make this a simple process, but the most simple we can make it is to allow us to handle your purchase.