Pilot Training Market Size, Detailed Industry Analysis 2024-2032
Pilot Training Market Size, Detailed Industry Analysis 2024-2032

Pilot Training Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Aircraft Type (Airplane, Helicopter); By License Type; By Training Program; By Training Mode; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024- 2032

  • Published Date:Feb-2024
  • Pages: 118
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM4315
  • Base Year: 2023
  • Historical Data: 2019 – 2022

Report Outlook

The global pilot training market share was valued at USD 6.78 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.2% during the forecast period.

The growing demand for air travel at the global level is necessitating the need for pilots. According to the ICAO, the demand for air transport is expected to grow at 4.3% per year in the next 20 years. The ongoing need for pilots is creating the need for efficient pilot training among the aspirants. In pilot training, experts provide theoretical knowledge, perform practical training, and test the students learning with simulator exercises.

After the training period, students take tests from the aviation authorities to verify their knowledge and decision-making process in critical situations. Meeting the requirements from the authorities, they receive an Air Force license, including commercial, private, and airline transport pilot licenses. Increasing pilot training programs are positively driving the growth of the market. Cathay launched its biggest training programs with a higher student intake than ever in its 75-year history in 2022. This is the result after the Hong Kong-based carrier found difficulty in hiring cockpit crews due to stringent COVID-19 regulations by the Asian Financial Hub. Furthermore, the increasing expansion activities of training institutes are expected to boost the growth of the pilot training market in the coming years.

  • For instance, in February 2022, Southwest Airlines is resuming its pilot training center at Dallas HQ with an estimated cost of $13 million, which is put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pilot Training Market Size

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Moreover, the increasing number of pilot jobs at the global level is influencing students to adopt pilot training. According to U.S. Labour Statistics, the number of airline and commercial pilot jobs in 2022 was 142,600, and this is expected to grow at a rate of 4% by 2032. This will likely increase the number of students opting for pilot courses in the coming years.

However, the higher cost associated with the pilot training and certification is hampering middle- and lower-class students from taking the course. The coronavirus pandemic restrained the growth of the aviation industry, driven by stringent lockdown regulations by governments, which negatively impacted the demand for pilots and the pilot training program as it is more suitable for in-person training than online teaching.

Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers

Rising initiatives to promote student learning at the pilot training institutes

The rising emphasis on student learning outcomes and research studies to enhance student productivity by flight training schools is likely to improve the effectiveness of training programs in the global market. Companies are stepping forward to update their pilot training curriculum to withstand the stringent regulations and competitors. Southeastern Oklahoma State, University Aviation Science Institute, imported a new flight training device, the FDS-B737MAX-FTD, from Flightdeck Solutions in 2022. This will teach students how to operate a Boeing 737 MAX. As the training institute adopts new tools to enhance student learning, there will be a rise in new innovations in simulators and other training tools soon.

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Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on aircraft type, license type, training program, training mode, and region.

By Aircraft Type

By License Type

By Training Program

By Region

  • Airplane
  • Helicopter
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Private Pilot License
  • Airline Transport Pilot License             


  • Commercial Pilot Training Program
  • Cadet Pilot Training Program
  • Others


  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia. South Korea)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

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By Aircraft Analysis

Airplane segment is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period

The airplane segment is projected to grow at a CAGR during the projected period, mainly driven by the rising popularity of the pilot profession, which is attracting students to pursue pilot training courses. Airplane plays a crucial role in transporting goods and passengers. The rising demand for air travel and global trade is further boosting the demand for pilots in the market, driving demand for flight training in the study period. The helicopter segment led the industry market with a substantial revenue share in 2022, largely attributable to its ability to offer luxurious experiences, driving its use in the tourism industry.

By License Type Analysis

Commercial license segment accounted for the largest market share in 2022

The commercial license segment accounted for the largest share. The growing global trade is stimulating the demand for cargo services, which is contributing to the demand for commercial pilots in a way that drives the student's preferences for commercial pilot license training programs.

The airline transport pilot license segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate over the next few years on account of increased respect in society. The pilot with a commercial license can travel in small aircraft, while the pilot with an airplane transport license can take off an aircraft with a weight of more than 5700 kg. This has a higher salary potential, driving youth to take training for an airplane transport license and stimulating the demand for pilot training institutes throughout the forecast period.

By Training Program Analysis

Commercial pilot training segment held a significant market revenue share in 2022

The commercial pilot training segment dominates the market, which is highly accelerated due to the continuous rise in the retirement of commercial pilots, which is creating a shortage in the market, driving the demand for pilots with commercial licenses. This stimulates students to choose commercial pilot training programs over cadets and others.

By Training Mode Analysis

Flight Training segment held the significant growth in 2022

The flight training segment held a significant market growth share in 2022 and is expected to continue in the coming years. The increasing need for efficient pilots in the aviation industry is creating a need for practical experience hours, facilitating the need for flight training. It effectively improves the skills required for the pilot, and it is highly considered in licensing certifications.

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Regional Insights

Europe region registered the largest share in the global market in 2022

The Europe region held the global market with the largest market share in 2022 and is expected to continue its dominance over the study period. This growth is attributable to the increasing companies' expansion activities in European countries. CAE announced its pilot training business expansions in central Europe by the second half of 2024. It is introducing six new full-flight simulators in this facility, offering advanced pilot training for light and large-cabin business jets.

APAC is expected to be the fastest-growing region, owing to the growing demand for air travel and initiatives to stimulate the growth of the aviation industry. The International Civil Aviation Organization unveiled a civil aviation master planning training program in the region. The South Cooperation Assistance of China generously contributed to this training program to assist member states of ICAO in recovering from the pandemic effect on the aviation industry. These factors are expected to continue the growth of the market in the coming years.

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Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

The pilot training market is highly fragmented due to the presence of several domestic and international market players. The increasing strategic collaborations, partnerships, and expansion activities by the key market players are contributing to the global expansion and increased pilot training for the students. For instance, ATP Flight School opened its new pilot training center in Los Angeles. The increasing adoption of technology by flight training tool manufacturers is playing a crucial role in building efficient skills among pilots.

Some of the major players operating in the global market include:

  • BAA Training
  • CAE Inc
  • Civil Aviation Flight University of China
  • Epic Flight Academy
  • FlightSafety International
  • Global Training & Aviation
  • Indra Sistemas
  • L3Harris Technologies
  • Lufthansa Aviation Training
  • Rockwell Collins
  • The Boeing Company
  • TRU Simulation + Training
  • US Aviation
  • ATP Flight School

Recent Developments

  • In September 2023, Flight Desk Solution, a Canadian manufacturer of flight training tools, introduced its new C172 flight training device at the Aviation Education Conference & Expo of the University Aviation Association.
  • In August 2022, Western Michigan University adopted the second B737MAX device from Flightdeck Solutions. Initially, it was installed at the College of Aviation Battle Creek campus in Michigan.

Pilot Training Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market Size Value in 2024

USD 7.57 billion

Revenue Forecast in 2032

USD 20.39 billion


13.2% from 2024 – 2032

Base Year


Historical Data

2019 – 2022

Forecast Period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments Covered

By Aircraft Type, By License Type, By Training Program, By Training Mode, By Region

Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


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The Pilot Training Market report covering key segments are aircraft type, license type, training program, training mode, and region.

Pilot Training Market Size Worth $20.39 Billion By 2032

The global pilot training market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.2% during the forecast period.

Europe is leading the global market

key driving factors in Pilot Training Market are Growing Demand for Air Travel