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Passenger and cargo airlines around the world are expected to buy 41,000 new airliners between 2017 and 2036. And they will need 637,000 new pilots to fly them, according to a forecast from Boeing released this week. That staggering figure is matched only by how many will leave the profession in the next decade -- particularly in the U.S.
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Retirements at U.S. airlines will start to rise precipitously starting in 2021 as the current crop of pilots turns 65, the mandated age of retirement. More than 42% of active U.S. airline pilots at the biggest carriers will retire over the next 10 years, about 22,000, according to a recent report by Cowen & Company.
originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
a reply to: grey580
It's sad to see. Ever since I saw Star wars I wanted to be a fighter pilot, sadly my dream did not come true as will many others as UAV's are becoming less reliant on humans, but in a way it is a good thing as pilots are not expendable unlike drones. Why risk the life of a pilot when you can fly sorties from the safety of a bunker?
originally posted by: TacSite18
Most fighter pilots don't go on to be commercial airline pilots. The skill set if pretty different. Then again, most military pilots do not fly fighters.