Study on Licensed Personnel and Training Capacity


During the last decade, commercial air transport has shown a strong traffic growth pattern, leading to many new commercial air transport operators and the highest number of aircraft orders ever registered. Over the next twenty years, the demand for qualified aviation personnel, such as pilots, aircraft maintenance personnel and air traffic controllers will need to be correlated to aircraft delivery plans. The Global and Regional 20-year Forecasts for Pilots, Maintenance Personnel, Air Traffic Controllers (Doc 9956) compares the number of new personnel to be trained each year with the annual training capacities of the existing training infrastructure, with a view to exposing possible shortages or surpluses globally and by region. An example of such comparison is provided below:
Failure to quantify such shortages or surpluses could not only constrain air traffic growth, but could also adversely affect the safety and efficiency of air transport operations. The challenge for the industry remains to ensure sufficient training capacities without compromising quality and safety standards.
As instructed by recommendation 9/1 of the Tenth Session of the Statistics Division (STA/10), and with a view to integrating the lessons learned from Doc 9956, the Secretariat has designed and circulated new statistical Form N (Aviation personnel Licensing and Training). This new tool (which can be downloaded by clicking here) is aimed at increasing the quality of data collected by ICAO on key civil aviation professions: pilots, maintenance personnel, air traffic controllers. The new form requests from States numbers of existing licensed personnel, licences/conversions issued annually, as well as future training capacities.
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ICAO, Air Transport Bureau, Aviation Data and Analysis (ADA) Section
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