Boeing updates forecast for aviation professionals

More than 600,000 new pilots needed globally over the next 20 years

Boeing recently released its highly regarded Pilot and Technician Outlook with forecasts for aviation professionals worldwide through 2041. The publication indicates continued high demand for aviation professionals including 602,000 new pilots, 610,000 new maintenance technicians and 899,000 new cabin crew members needed over the next 20-year period.

Boeing noted the continued importance of industry investment in outreach and training for the next generation of aviation professionals. Continued innovation in training will be critical in meeting the global demand.

The complete report is available at

Video tip: get a “big picture” weather briefing

Checking the weather is one of the few constants in aviation. All pilots do it, whether it’s a trip around the pattern in a Cub or a trip across the Atlantic in a Gulfstream. But merely getting a weather briefing isn’t enough; it has to be a good weather briefing to make the flight safer. So what exactly does a “good briefing” involve?

The video clip is from Sporty’s 2022 Learn to Fly Course

Items to consider before beginning your flight training

Flight training is much different than learning how to drive a car. Yes, you will earn a certificate stating that you’re capable of operating a means of transportation, but a pilot certificate is much more nuanced and, in many cases, will take longer with a more significant time and monetary investment. Beyond time and money, there are many more elements to consider before beginning training. These are five topics that I always like to discuss with potential flight students to help build a plan for success. 

Financial –

We can all admit, getting into aviation can be a significant financial investment. Flight training itself will typically require between $9,500 for a recreational certificate all the way to around $60,000 for a commercial single and multi engine certification with instrument privileges. The financial side of training is certainly one to look deeply into before beginning training. If you’re able to pay for your training out of pocket, it eases the stress of finding other methods of funding. If you need financial assistance, there’s plenty of ways to go about that whether scholarships or loans. AOPA and the FAA have lists of scholarships available. If necessary, you can contact your bank and discuss different options for private loans. Some schools partner with loan companies which can make the process easier and may offer better interest rates than banks. It’s highly advised to avoid beginning your training without a well thought-out budget plan to complete all of your planned certifications. 

Time – 

Flight training can occupy a lot of your extra time, and sometimes you may not have extra time to give. This is something which must be taken into consideration, as it’s not something that you can efficiently do only once a week or less. The suggested amount of flight lesson frequency is a minimum of two or three per week, as it allows for a more “wallet-friendly” approach compared to more lessons. That frequency still allows for steady progress and less time between lessons which means you forget less of the information provided to you. If flight training is something you’re genuinely interested in, you will need to carve out enough time in your schedule to allow for not only your two or three lessons a week, but also for studying material as necessary. 

Medical – 

One major requirement of all pilots is a medical exam. Although the actual exam is no more than an average sports physical, there are many additional restrictions placed on pilots. Certain medications, diseases, mental health issues, sleep problems, and more may cause issues with your ability to earn a medical. If you currently take any medication or have some health concern, it’s highly advised to reach out to an aviation medical examiner (AME) in your area to have a consultation before proceeding with an entire exam or even flight training. 

Dedication – 

There’s more to flight training than simply flying. There’s always more knowledge to be learned and studying to be done in preparation for your next lesson or even your checkride. It’s imperative that you continue studying on your personal time, commit to your schedule with your instructor, and give 110% on each lesson. By dedicating yourself to completing your certificate, you have a high chance of completing your certificate faster than the national average ultimately saving you money and time. Your dedication doesn’t go unnoticed either – instructors pick up on a student’s interest and dedication and are likely to go above and beyond for a one who gives more effort. 

Goals – 

What do you expect out of aviation? Are you looking to make it a simple hobby, flying around with one friend within your local area, or are you looking to earn your spot flying big iron in the airlines? These are some things which must be thought about before beginning your training to help plan out your time and financial investments. If you’re looking for a career change, you may want to consider a program which allows you to complete your training at a faster pace than someone who’s only looking for a private pilot certificate may deem necessary. If you’re only interested in private flying, consider if an instrument rating would be beneficial to you and your travel. For instance, if you’re only looking to fly locally for a $100 hamburger on a nice Saturday, then it may not suit your needs, but if you’re considering using your certificate to take long, extended trips where weather may become a hindrance, then an instrument rating would certainly be useful. 

These topics are only a few of the many things anyone looking to begin flight training should consider. Every individual has their own specific influences which need to be considered as they may affect different people in different ways. I strongly suggest that anyone interested in aviation takes each one of these topics into consideration as they will ultimately lead to the success or failure of your flight training. 

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New episodes of Sporty’s Pilot’s Discretion Podcast

Podcast logoConversations with unique pilots

Sporty’s Pilot’s Discretion Podcast has new episodes available with guests that include Bruce Williams on flight sims as well as EAA Chairman Jack Pelton, discussing EAA AirVenture and the experimental aircraft boom.

The informative and entertaining format features wide-ranging questions with one intriguing guest. Pilot’s Discretion brings you authentic conversations with some of aviation’s most interesting people. From honest discussions about flight training to fascinating stories from world famous airshow pilots, this podcast is for anyone who loves to fly.

No news or fluff, just thought-provoking conversations. Stay tuned for our rapid-fire “ready to copy” segment at the end of every episode, where we ask about everything from favorite airplanes to favorite music groups. Pilot’s Discretion is hosted by Sporty’s John Zimmerman. Have a question or a guest suggestion? Email us: [email protected].

Commercial pilot video tip: Eights on Pylons

There are several new flight maneuvers to learn during Commercial Pilot Training. One of the new ground reference maneuvers is called Eights on Pylons, which involves flying a figure 8 pattern over the ground while varying the aircraft’s altitude in order to maintain a defined visual reference to preselected reference points, called pivot points, or pylons.

This segment appears in Sporty’s all-new Commercial Pilot Training course, which includes a video training component featuring over 13 hours of HD video training and VR/360 flight maneuvers.

Slow Flight – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

Welcome to the latest edition of the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we’ll highlight the various maneuvers you’ll practice during your flight training and be expected to demonstrate during your private pilot checkride.

Each maneuver is part of Sporty’s 2022 Learn to Fly Course and includes a narrated video animation, along with step-by-step instructions that include performance standards and common errors. Study them while on the ground or print them for quick reference in the airplane.

Get Sporty’s 2022 Learn to Fly Course for our complete training package, including over 15 hours of HD video and complete FAA test prep features.