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Worldwide Pilot Population?  
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

Every time rent a C172 and fly solo, I feel special and think, "How many people get to do this awesome thing called flying a plane?" Even many solos afterwards, I still get that nice you're-doing-something-special feeling  cloudnine   cheerful 

Anyways, what's the worlwide (Fixed wing) world pilot population? What about broken down to categories? (GA, ATP, cargo etc)

Cheers  Smile

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User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

I'm not too sure about worldwide pilot population, but I remember reading that in Canada and the United States, approximately 1 person in 440 holds some sort of pilot lisence. Of those, about 15% are commerical aeroplane pilots of some kind (CPL or ATPL).

So, about 1 person in 2600 is a commerical pilot.

[Edited 2005-10-21 02:55:21]


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User currently offlineCALPilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 998 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3635 times:

A few years ago I read in AOPA there are approx. 600,000 pilots of all levels in the USA. A smaller group than Doctors, Lawyers, etc.

Last time I saw something in the Union literature, there was approx., 61,000 Airline pilots in the USA.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17039 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3588 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 1):
I'm not too sure about worldwide pilot population, but I remember reading that in Canada and the United States, approximately 1 person in 440 holds some sort of pilot lisence. Of those, about 15% are commerical aeroplane pilots of some kind (CPL or ATPL).

So, about 1 person in 2600 is a commerical pilot.

That would be in the US and Canada. I bet it's much lower in the rest of the world.



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3573 times:

Quoting CALPilot (Reply 2):
A few years ago I read in AOPA there are approx. 600,000 pilots of all levels in the USA.

I wonder if they included only "active" pilots, for example, those with a current medical, or all certificates issued. I'd have thought the number to be in excess of a million for the US. I know many people with at least a private license who have not flown an airplane in thirty years. The US Army trained maybe a hundred thousand helicopter pilots in the late 1960s. Only a handful of these guys are still active but they are pilots for sure.

Also, I'd expect Alaska to have the highest concentration of pilots in the US.



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User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Year 2001 numbers quoted directly out of Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot by Richie Lengel:

1. A little over 635,470 "active pilots" (with current medicals).
Approximate breakdown:
  • 97,360 Student Pilots
  • 343 Recreational Pilots
  • 258,750 Private Pilots
  • 124,260 Commercial Pilots
  • 79,700 Flight Instructors
  • 137,640 Airline Transport Pilots

    2. The number of active pilots peaked at 820,000 in 1980.

    3. Approximately 3 million people hold some level of pilot certificate but of those only about 600,000 have current medicals.



    The thing that surprises me the most is the number of recreational pilots! Wow!

    Nick


  • User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

    Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 5):
    The thing that surprises me the most is the number of recreational pilots! Wow!

    That is surprising. Must be because you can't really fly anywhere too far with it.

    Quoting SlamClick (Reply 4):
    I'd have thought the number to be in excess of a million for the US.

    Ditto.


    Does 5 million worldwide sound like too much as a wild guess?


    User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
    Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

    Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 5):
    The thing that surprises me the most is the number of recreational pilots! Wow!

    Me too. I'd like to meet one some day - find out who went for that ticket and why.



    Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
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