NBAA heads to congress to discuss the shortage of private jet pilots and technicians
There has been a trend in not only the private jet industry but the aviation industry in general. The pilot and technician population is increasing in age while having a shortage of new pilots joining the industry. We are getting to the point where experienced workers are hitting the mandatory retiring age of 65, but this leaves the industry a shortage of workers. NBAA noted to congress that Boeing will need 645,000 new commercial pilots and nearly 100,000 new business aircraft pilots worldwide over the next 20 years, and that is just one company. There is a projected worldwide demand for almost 770,000 new aviation technicians over the next 20 years. Private jet pilots and technicians needs to be in demand.
The supply of pilots has decreased by 30% because the average age of currently employed pilots is 51, and new potential candidates are no longer choosing aviation as a career path. This becomes an issue since the aviation industry keeps increasing, particularly private jet travel. There needs to be an increase in these employees to keep the U.S as the leader in air travel. NBAA praised the committee for helping to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes several workforce development initiatives, including grant programs to support the education of future aircraft pilots and the recruitment of aviation maintenance technicians.
Private Jet Airports
Private Jet Airports and FBO’s are designed to make private flyer’s trips as easy as possible. These airports are generally smaller with less traffic than normal commercial airports. So this means no lines or headaches for private flyers. Also, transportation can drive right on the tarmac to deliver you right to your private jet. Here are some of the top Private Jet Airports:
Teterboro Airport (TEB)
Teterboro is one of the most used private jet airports on the east coast. It is an exclusive hub for the New York City region located only 12miles away from Manhattan. This airport has five distinct FBO’s for private flyers to choose from. Many business professionals, athletes, and celebrities to choose Teterboro when traveling to New York City.
Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
PBI is an extremely popular hub for private flyers who are trying to get to luxurious towns in Florida. The airport is located only 3 miles from downtown Palm Beach, and only 20 miles away from Boca Raton. PBI includes three luxurious FBO’s which include comfortable lounges, catering, and activities.
John Wayne Airport (SNA)
SNA is a private flyer’s choice when traveling to LA or other popular cities in the area. Located in Orange County, John Wayne Airport is extremely popular with celebrities and wealthy moguls. Also, the airport is only 35 miles from LA, and only a few miles from Newport, Laguna, and Disneyland. SNA offers two FBO’s including top amenities for private flyers.
Van Nuys Airport is just 30 minutes by car from downtown Los Angeles, making it one of the busiest private jet airports in the world. The premiere choice for those looking to get in and out of LA all while maintaining convenience and anonymity; it also provides customs which allows passengers to fly internationally.