Business Aviation Survey: Hiring Demand On the Rise

Business Aviation Survey: Hiring Demand On the Rise 23 Oct, 18, Source: JSfirm.com

JSfirm.com, the leading aviation job website, has completed its annual Business Aviation Survey. 279 Business Aviation personnel participated this year. Compared to 2017, flight hours have increased (+12%) and more companies report being impacted by the pilot shortage (+26%). Jeff Richards, Operations Manager for JSfirm.com said, “There has never been a better time to join the aviation industry.” He added, “Over half of the companies surveyed reported a continuous increase in flight hours, while the shortage of pilots is impacting their operations. The pilot hiring demand will continue to trend upwards for years to come.”

2018 Business Aviation Survey Results:

• 279 companies were surveyed

• 67% are experiencing an increase in flight hours

• 62% report operations are being impacted by the pilot shortage

JSfirm.com Business Aviation Survey Results:                                                                                         Copyright 2018

Q1 – Which of the following best describes your title?
Answers 2018 2017
Owner 14.86% 18.61%
Chief Pilot 17.75% 26.64%
Pilot 13.77% 8.76%
Flight Department Manager 19.93% 20.44%
Director of Aviation 12.32% 13.87%
Vice President of Flight Operations 1.81% 4.38%
Other 19.57% 7.3%
Q2 – What FAR Part do you operate under?    
Answers 2018 2017
Part 91 55.27% 75.09%
Part 135 11.64% 5.49%
Both 21.09% 16.48%
Other 12% 2.93%
Q3 – How many employees support your flight department?
Answers 2018 2017
1 – 10 53.26% 71.17%
11 – 30 24.64% 16.06%
31 – 50 5.8% 4.38%
51 – 100 5.8% 5.47%
101 -200 3.99% .73%
201 + 6.52% 2.19%
Q4 – How many aircraft does your company operate?    
Answers 2018 2017
1 31.27% 42.65%
2 11.27% 22.06%
3 – 5 25.45% 17.65%
6 – 10 12% 7.35%
11 – 20 6.91% 6.99%
21 + 13.09% 3.31%
Q5 – What types of aircraft do you operate?
Answers 2018 2017
Helicopter 13.65% 6.57%
Turboprop 19.42% 22.73%
Light Jets (< 20,000 lbs.) 17.59% 18.43%
Medium Jets (20,000 – 40,000 lbs.) 25.46% 30.56%
Heavy Jets (> 40,000 lbs.) 23.88% 21.72%
Q6 – Are you seeing increased flight hours in 2018?    
Answers 2018 2017
Yes 67.39% 55.51%
No 32.61% 44.49%
Q7 – What is the estimated increase in flight hours?    
Answers 2018 2017
No Increase 30.26% 43.17%
0 – 10% 28.41% 29.89%
11 – 20% 25.83% 20.3%
21 – 30% 11.07% 5.17%
31 – 40% 1.11% 0.37%
41 – 50% 1.85% 0.74%
50% + 1.48% 0.37%

 

Q8 – In the next 12-24 months, my company will:    
Answers 2018 2017
Refurb Existing Aircraft 30.94% 29.43%
Acquire New Aircraft 23.78% 17.36%
Acquire Pre-Owned Aircraft 30.62% 25.66%
Other 14.66% 27.55%
Q9 – Is the reported pilot shortage impacting your operations?    
Answers 2018 2017
Yes 61.68% 35.4%
No 38.32% 64.6%

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