AVIATION Statistics

As of December 31, 2014, there are 593,499 total pilots in the United States with only around 191,336 Private Pilots. These individuals have the so-called "license to learn".  Student pilots are important to general aviation and the aviation industry as a whole. Student pilot numbers had been in decline for many years, but in 2010 the FAA issued a rule that increased the duration of validity for student pilot certificates for pilots under the age of 40 from 36 months to 60 months.  As a result, according to statistics compiled by the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the number of student pilots at the end of 2010 increased by 64.8%, or approximately 47,000 pilots, compared to calendar year end 2009.  While the impact of the new rule on the long term trend in student pilots has yet to be fully determined, by the end of 2012, the number of student pilots increased by 1.1% from its 2011 level to 119,946. 

Quick Facts:

  • The majority of Pilot Certificates are held in the following age groups:  25-29, 50-54, and 55-59.
  • As of September 2014, Aviation jobs with the highest demand fall under Business Operations, Engineering, and Management
  • Employment of airline and commercial pilots is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022
  • Low-cost Regional Airlines and nonscheduled Aviation Services will provide the most job opportunities
  • U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported a net profit of $3.2 Billion in the third quarter of 2013 - an increase from a profit of $1.4 Billion in the third quarter of 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported in a release of preliminary data on December 16, 2013
  • According to a study in August 2013, around 2% of the entire United States are active, certified Pilots