If there was ever a wake up call to Australia about the need to grow rather than cut down its aviation talent, it was delivered by Boeing today in Brisbane when it released its Pilot and Technician Outlook for the Asia-Pacific over the next two decades.
Boeing’s VP for Flight Services, Sherry Ann Carbary, said the hemisphere would need more than half a million line airline qualified pilots and technicians through to 2035, and 30,000 of them would be in positions in the Oceania division, dominated by Australia and New Zealand.
Ms Carbary said “This translates into exciting career opportunities for those interested in the aerospace industry. We recognize that to attract a new generation of pilots and technicians, we need to inspire and train them in new ways and that’s why Boeing continues to work closely with airlines, regulators, flight schools and other industry groups to develop innovative training methods and courseware.”
Close observers of the Australian pilot and technician training sectors have been dismayed for many years at the neglect of these talents in this country, and the hostile or incompetent administrative and regulatory environment which has, despite much official mumbo jumbo, driven these sectors close to extinction.
Boeing said that “As with personnel demand, the Asia-Pacific region also leads the demand for new commercial airplane deliveries over the next 20 years. The region comprises 40 percent of the global need due to fleet growth in the single-aisle market, driven by low-cost carriers.”
According to Boeing’s 2016 Current Market Outlook, 15,130 new airplanes, valued at $2.35 trillion, will be needed in the Asia-Pacific region by 2035.