Miami is known for a lot of things. Sun, surf, palm trees, pink flamingos. You can also add aviation training to that list.
South Florida is something of a training nexus for the industry. A number of flight schools and training facilities are in the region (including those operated by Boeing and Airbus) - a crossroads of the Americas, which also happens to be on the route structures of many of the world’s airlines.
Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami.
Miami is closer to home for our customers and that means it reduces travel time and costs associated with training. That’s why it makes sense that Miami is now the home of Boeing’s largest commercial aviation training campus. This week we officially launched 787 flight training at the Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami, part of an ongoing consolidation of Boeing commercial training capabilities in the Americas.
One of two 787 flight simulators now located at our Miami campus.
We welcomed Florida Governor Rick Scott, along with members of the U.S. Congress, and other state and local officials and dignitaries at the Miami campus to mark the occasion.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (left) and Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, tour a 787 simulator.
Together with several other newly located full-flight simulators and one more on the way, Miami will have a total capability of 17 simulators along with other facilities to train the pilots and maintenance technicians of the world. Miami is significant too, as one of only two Boeing locations in the world where we have the capacity to train engineers and technicians on how to maintain and repair the 787 composite structure.
We also took the occasion this week to release the 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook. This is a report that ties closely with the Boeing Current Market Outlook and tracks the tremendous demand for the flight crews and technicians who will be needed to fly and maintain the fast-growing world fleet over the next 20 years.
The numbers are astounding. By the year 2032 the world will need an estimated 498,000 new commercial airline pilots. Airlines will also need an estimated 556,000 maintenance technicians in that time period.
As my colleague Sherry Carbary, our vice president of Flight Services, said during the Miami event, this is an urgent demand that is here right now. It’s what you might call a very long-term growth market requiring a lot of jobs.
When you break down the numbers, we’re talking about a demand for an average of 25,000 new pilots and 28,000 new maintenance personnel per year over the next 20 years!
Pilot training in a Next-Generation 737 simulator.
Of course, this huge requirement goes hand in hand with the projected growth in world airplane fleets over the same period of time. When you look at all these numbers, you realize it’s going to be a challenge to meet the demand for people that this growth calls for.
In particular, where we see the largest growth in airplane deliveries - in the Asia Pacific region - we also see the largest demand for aviation personnel: 192,300 pilots and 215,300 maintenance technicians. In China alone we see a need for 77,400 pilots and 93,900 maintenance technicians.
In some parts of the developing world, the training infrastructure is clearly not yet ready to meet growing demand as regional airlines expand. Boeing has been investing in creating and enhancing world-class training facilities in Asia, for example - where we offer 787 training in Shanghai and Singapore. We’re adding 787 simulator capacity in London to better serve the needs of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
And as I mentioned, we are creating our largest training campus in Miami - a hub city for many of the world’s airlines and very convenient to our customers as a location to train their pilots, technicians and cabin crews. We’re also working with partners around the world on an advanced pilot development program to train future pilots from basic theory through qualification as a commercial jet first officer.
An advanced 787 maintenance training classroom.
The challenge for Boeing and the industry is not only to help our customers manage growth in demand for training, but to align the training methods and technologies to match the needs of future aviation professionals. They expect information when they want it, where they want it and how they want it. So we’re moving from chalkboard-based training to incorporate computer tablets, gaming technology, eBooks and interactive three dimensional models.
There’s no magic solution. Ultimately, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing - developing better, more advanced training programs, getting closer to our customers and tailoring our training curriculum and delivery methods to the needs and styles of today’s and tomorrow’s generations of aviation personnel.
Aviation is a great field to be in. Now to meet this huge demand for personnel we need the entire aerospace industry to work harder to promote itself as attractive and cutting edge - which it certainly is. I’ve spend my entire career in this field and I still get excited coming to work each day. I invite you to check out a video here that shows everything going on at our Miami campus.