U.S. Pilot Demand Report 2015-2030

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Airline Pilot Demand Projections

Pilot Demand and projected seniority progression. Like weather forecasts, these projections are just calculated estimates.


Airline Financial and Statistical Analysis (BTS)

Mining public data submitted on a regular basis to Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


Airline Pilot Demand Comparisons

Compare airline projected pilot demand.


Airline Regional Codeshare Profiles

The following link will take you to the website's Airline Regional Code-Share section. In this section you can explore what the Regional Code-share picture looks like.


Airline Pilot Scope

Includes scope cliff notes on American, Delta, and United.

Airline Survey Reports

View combined de-identified survey data for each airline based upon the members surveys. Provides valuable insight into an airlines culture and the quality of life experienced by pilots there.

Retirement Calculator

Built specifically to be customizable by users. Allows users to estimate multiple retirement vehicles and gives flexiblity so that users can customize the report to take into consideration the large salary swings a pilot might experience in their career.

Pilot Salary Projection Calculator

A quick look at how one career path might stack up against an airline. Based off of annual upgrade projections from the website, and a total compensation estimate built off of pay rates and retirement contribution.

Automation and the Pilot Profession

I often get questions from prospective pilots about self-flying aircraft and the prospects for the pilot profession. With all the hype that has been heard over the last 30+ years it’s a natural question, and with large manufactures beginning to study it , it comes up more and more. The hype has been loud enough that in this authors opinion it has begun to affect pilot career and supply decisions. I’ve seen people purposely avoid flying for large cargo carriers because some of this hype has eroded their confidence in a long successful career without being replaced by Self Flying aircraft. In a twist of irony, one of the reasons Boeing is looking at self-flying aircraft is a lack of pilots, unfortunately, this hasn’t done much to satiate the real problem by signaling a future to the public that doesn’t appear promising for aspiring young aviators, and therefore in a way becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. So with that premise, I’ve attempted to present a few concepts that will hopefully clarify a few things for those interested in pursuing a career in aviation as Aviators. I think you may find that the hurdles that have to be overcome are quite extensive for autonomous airlines to really take hold. News articles heavily emphasize that computers fly aircraft most of the time. While this is true(sometimes) it often misrepresents a pilot’s true role which does a real disservice to the profession. In these articles, pilots are relegated to the role of stick and rudder masters, as their loftiest purpose, and these articles usually show that this lofty perch is quickly becoming antiquated... read more

Compiling Data for the 2016 Report

For those that watch the numbers please excuse any anomaly in the data as the website compiles and updates various airlines fleet numbers and fleet projection numbers. These numbers should be compiled by the next couple of weeks. If you would like to contribute information to the project please let the website... read more

De-identified member surveys – Reports 2015

The de-identified member surveys from 2015 have been captured and posted in the shop in PDF format. As always these reports are available for free throughout their year for viewership in real time by members. When members signup the website dynamically stores survey responses about the members current airline, with the hope of generating useful information about an airline's culture and quality of life. At the beginning of each year unused membership accounts are removed and the generation of the next years report begins (2016). For those interested in viewing this report in real time feel free to sign up for a free membership available to those currently active as pilots in the aviation industry. It should be noted that some airlines with fewer than 3 survey responses have not been included in the available reports for the year. Survey results for each airline or operation include. How happy are you with your profession? How happy are you with the company you work for? How confident are you in your company's management team? How much trust do you have in your management team? In your current circumstances which of the following could you use more of the most? (Pay, Time At Home, Sleep, Benefits, Progression) What are your career plans in the next 10 years? How would you describe the culture at your company? Do you feel you are currently fairly compensated? Do your management teams spend time in the jumpseat? The company you work for cares about its employees? On average how many nights are you at home every month? How many days a month do you work on... read more