Boeing has released their yearly Pilot and Technician Outlook, which forecasts long-term trends in the aviation industry. This report includes factors like economic trends, airline travel, and fleet evolution to project worldwide demand over the next 20 years. Boeing studies have become a benchmark for industry forecasts.
The Pilot and Technician Outlook 2021-2040 differs from other years because it is only limited to the commercial aviation sector and assumes air traffic demand recovers to 2019 levels within the near future. Additionally, the report factors in growth from alternative modes of transportation such as advanced air mobility and high-speed rails. Boeing also expects advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mixed reality to help students and other companies adapt to the changing industry.
As the industry progresses through pandemic conditions, Boeing remains optimistic about long-term growth. Aviation has proven resilient to macroeconomic shocks in the past, and the company expects the same buoyancy from the present industry. Boeing projects that 626,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed to meet operator and maintenance over the next two decades.
New Technology in Aviation Maintenance Training Paves Path Forward
This year’s Pilot and Technician Outlook placed a heavy emphasis on the growing technology in aviation. The evolution of technology is expected to be a significant job driver. For example, the company states that the rapid generation of new data (est. over 100 million terabytes) will encourage maintenance solutions companies “to implement new predictive maintenance solutions, which would drive a need for [new] technicians who can accurately analyze, interpret and act on the information generated.”
As the technology in the aviation industry evolves, so do the training methods! National Aviation Academy’s Advanced Aircraft Systems and Avionics program covers all the skills students will need to adapt to the evolving technology in the aviation industry.
Robust Recovery for Technicians Expected
Aircraft technicians will play a pivotal role in the recovery from COVID-19. As air traffic increases and more planes are put into circulation, more technicians will be needed for inspection and maintenance. The report expects the need for technicians to increase in urgency as “retirements accelerate over the next 5-10 years.”
Boeing emphasized the importance of “collaboration, adaptation, and innovation” in navigating the recent pandemic-induced downturn in aviation activity. The previously mentioned training advances will be essential to recovery, especially as additional labor becomes needed in bringing airplanes out of storage and into an airworthy state.
Due to these factors, the Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook predicts an increasing trend in the number of technicians hired in the coming years! “The combination of fleet growth and attrition replacement will continue to drive increased demand for new maintenance technicians for the foreseeable future,” the company writes.
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