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Old 27th Apr 2011, 18:08
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How many people in the world are pilots?

You'd think a simple Google search would answer this but apparently not. What is the percentage of people in the world who are at least a Privat Pilot? How about the percentage of those who have at least soloed? I imagine it's *well* under 1.0% ...?
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Old 27th Apr 2011, 18:52
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Sorry, only a microlighter. Private (sic!) pilot's license is well above my present budget.
So I do not count, so it can never be a significant part of the global population ,as you expected.
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Old 27th Apr 2011, 19:00
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How many people in the world are pilots?
One " ME "

Dont know what you lot of pretenders are doing here in my forum

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Old 27th Apr 2011, 19:03
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I guess I should have not (albeit accidentally) excluded microlight plots.
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I guess I should have not (albeit accidentally) excluded microlight plots.
Or Birds they are pilots too (sorry in funny mood today)

I would think well under .01 %

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Old 27th Apr 2011, 19:06
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No Pace I'm one too, I'm crap but I've a brown thingy that says I AM A PILOT.

Weird thing, I know more pilots than non-pilots, I must live in a parallel universe.
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Old 27th Apr 2011, 19:12
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I've a brown thingy that says I AM A PILOT.
Is that before the steep turns and spins or after?

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Old 27th Apr 2011, 19:15
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I remember reading once that fewer than 5% of the world's population had ever flown on an aircraft.
I believe there are approximately 0.5 million powered aircraft operating in the world, and even if you assume 10 pilots per aircraft that would only yield 5 million pilots (i.e. less than 0.1% of the population). I doubt that adding in glider pilots would make a big difference. Even if you factor 3 or 4 ex-pilots per active pilot you'd struggle to get anywhere near 1%.
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Old 27th Apr 2011, 21:13
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So the stats for the UK are 30,000 active pilots for a population of 60,000,000. So i make that 0.05%.

And the US has 250,000 pilots for 250,000,000 people so thats your 0.1%.

And given these are two of the most pilot/aircraft dense countries in the world then for the 6 billion people in the world there's probably less than 1-2m pilots. (But that still a scary amount of ego for one small planet)

If you want to get into the really rare atmosphere ask how many of those 1-2 m people are willing to turn the aircraft upside down.
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Old 27th Apr 2011, 22:07
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A pedant replies: population of the US is over 310 million.
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Another pedant would also suggest that it is a bit of an assumption to say that the UK and US are the most pilot / aircraft dense countries. I'd suggest that there are other contenders like perhaps Australia.. where aircraft are practical / common transport, and they don't have that many people!
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Another pedant would also suggest that it is a bit of an assumption to say that the UK and US are the most pilot / aircraft dense countries. I'd suggest that there are other contenders like perhaps Australia.. where aircraft are practical / common transport, and they don't have that many people!

I don't believe that such an aviation hostile country as the UK has 30,000 pilots with a license that is in force.

The Centre of the Aviation Universe is North America. In addition to the large US number already quoted, Canada has 40,000 PPL or higher pilots licenses in force for a pop of around 36 Million. I would wager that the combined US/Canada total is larger than the rest of the world put together.

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Old 28th Apr 2011, 01:06
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The CAA holds this kind of info for the UK.

Not specifically what you asked, but may give you some insight.

Statistics - Licence and Rating By Year - between 2000 / 2010 | Personnel Licensing | Safety Regulation
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 01:12
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I don't believe that such an aviation hostile country as the UK has 30,000 pilots with a license that is in force

http://www.gliding.co.uk/bgainfo/BGA...onse1-11v2.pdf


Annex A. UK Pilots

The following table lists the estimated number of UK pilots.

Flight engineers and navigators are excluded.


Licence Holders with Valid Medical Certificates at 1st January 2008

In the UK, 43 000 pilots out of a total of 62 000 are private pilots.


Professional Licences
JAR ATPL 7,522
UK ATPL 4,886
JAR CPL 3,989
UK CPL 659
BCPL 196
JAR ATPL H 518
UK ATPL H 657
JAR CPL H 640
UK CPL HG 45
UK CPL AS 3
UK CPL B 170

Professional 19,285

Private Licences
JAA PPL A 9,003
UK PPL A 10,576
NPPL A 548
UK PPL M 33
UK PPL SLMG 19
JAR PPL H 1,572
UK PPL H 1,048
UK PPL B 66
UK PPL G 39
NPPL (Microlight) with
declaration. (BMAA data.)
3,000
SLMG and SSEA NPPLs
6
(LAA data.)
3,695
Glider pilots. (BGA data.) 8,000
Hang Gliding &
Paragliding. (BHPA data.)
6,000
Less those included twice - 548

Total private 43,051

Total UK Pilots 62,336



So it looks like about 0.1% of people in the UK are actually pilots.

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Old 28th Apr 2011, 12:52
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Originally Posted by 18greens
If you want to get into the really rare atmosphere ask how many of those 1-2 m people are willing to turn the aircraft upside down.


You can count me in that total...
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 13:20
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If you want to get into the really rare atmosphere ask how many of those 1-2 m people are willing to turn the aircraft upside down.
Gets really old and boring after awhile though.....
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 13:49
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"If you commit aviation and *not* at some stage of the flight become inverted you should either a) be strapped in the back of something large, with access to a drinks trolley, hosties and a choice of movies or b) be strapped at the front of same and being paid to keep it from becoming inverted, lest it upset the drinks trolley. If (a) or (b) do not apply, then you're simply wasting fuel."

Personally I got kinda bored with just going from A to B.. then finding new B's meant going much further afield, and so on. Then I discovered how much fun you can have going nowhere. Each to their own I suppose!
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 14:59
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FWIW I had my Group A rating renewed on my NPPL this week and asked the LAA if they wanted a photocopy.

They replied that this was not necessary and when I queried this was told that the CAA didn't want to know either.

So no-one knows how many NPPL pilots are currently flying!
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 15:11
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If you want to get into the really rare atmosphere ask how many of those 1-2 m people are willing to turn the aircraft upside down. Gets really old and boring after awhile though.....
What does?

It makes you think we are a pretty special bunch really.

and dont some of us know it.

Then again it is just a matter of money - it is not difficult really. I reckon you could train a monkey given enough time.
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 15:25
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We Could make a fortune : I know someone in television who would love to cover that story.

Fuji trains Monkey to solo Cessna 150.

We could get a suitable monkey male or female,you train him/her and run a television programme.
The viewing levels would be amazing and fortunes made.

PM me if serious

Dont know what we would do with the RT licence bit can the things talk ?
If it busts Heathrows airspace dont blame me

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