JSfirm says pilot shortage is climbing

An increasing number of business aviation businesses are starting to recognize the shortage of qualified pilots, according to a recent JSfirm.com survey. Below is a press release, issued by the aviation job website.

JSfirm.com, the leading aviation job advertisement website, has completed its annual survey of over 200 Part 91 and 135 Operators. Compared to last year, flight hours have decreased and more companies report being impacted by the pilot shortage. According to JSfirm.com Manager, Jeff Richards, "This survey aligns with what we are seeing internally, a 30% increase in job postings."

 

Compared to 2015 Results:

·         Flight hours - down 6%

·         Acquiring new or pre-owned aircraft - down 7%
·         Operations being impacted by the pilot shortage - up 12%
·         JSfirm.com job advertisements - up 28.5%

 

JSfirm.com Business Aviation Survey Results:                                                                                   

 

Q1 - Which of the following best describes your title?

Answers

2016

2015

Owner

15.91%

10.76%

Chief Pilot

28.64%

31.96%

Pilot

10.00%

13.61%

Flight Department Manager

18.64%

20.25%

Director of Aviation

13.64%

15.51%

Vice President of Flight Operations

5.91%

3.48%

Other

7.27%

4.43%

     

Q2 - What FAR Part do you operate under?

 

 

Answers

2016

2015

Part 91

65.30%

66.77%

Part 135

8.68%

9.18%

Both

22.83%

23.10%

Other

3.20%

0.95%

     

Q3 - How many employees support your flight department?

   

Answers

2016

2015

1 - 10

68.04%

68.15%

11 - 30

16.89%

18.47%

31 - 50

5.94%

5.73%

51 - 100

6.39%

4.14%

101 -200

.91%

0.00%

201 +

1.83%

3.50%

     

Q4 - How many aircraft does your company operate?

 

 

Answers

2016

2015

1

38.71%

38.34%

2

18.89%

17.89%

3 - 5

20.74%

25.24%

6 - 10

11.98%

9.27%

11 - 20

4.61%

5.11%

21 +

5.07%

4.15%

     

Q5 - What types of aircraft do you operate?

   

Answers

2016

2015

Helicopter

3.77%

6.48%

Turboprop

19.42%

17.81%

Light Jets (< 20,000 lbs.)

24.35%

23.08%

Medium Jets (20,000 - 40,000 lbs.)

28.41%

31.17%

Heavy Jets (> 40,000 lbs.)

24.06%

21.46%

     

Q6 - Are you seeing increased flight hours in 2016?

 

 

Answers

2016

2015

Yes

51.36%

57.01%

No

48.64

42.99%

     

Q7 - What is the estimated increase in flight hours?

 

 

Answers

2016

2015

No Increase

46.54%

41.21%

0 - 10%

28.57%

32.59%

11 - 20%

17.97%

17.25%

21 - 30%

4.61%

6.71%

31 - 40%

1.38%

1.60%

41 - 50%

.46%

0.00%

50% +

.46%

0.64%

 

Q8 - In the next 12-24 months, my company will:

 

 

Answers

2016

2015

Refurb Existing Aircraft

30.63%

34.86%

Acquire New Aircraft

15.32%

19.01%

Acquire Pre-Owned Aircraft

27.93%

28.17%

Other

26.13%

17.96%

     

Q9 - Is the pilot shortage impacting your operations?

 

 

Answers

2016

2015

Yes

43.12%

31.53%

No

56.88%

68.47%

     

 

About JSfirm.com
JSfirm.com is the fastest growing aviation job distribution network with resume database access.  Founded in 1999, they have been providing service to the aviation industry for over 15 years.  JSfirm.com is a free service to Job Seekers.  The company’s comprehensive website includes access to job postings, direct email of new employment opportunities, free resume builder and networking tools.  Companies receive direct access to resumes, management tools, and unlimited job postings with multiple user capabilities and a dedicated Account Manager to help plan a company’s candidate search program.

For more information, visit: www.jsfirm.com or call one of our two locations at 724-547-6203 or 817-560-0300.

 

 

 

 

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