OWB Pilot Program - Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport

What is the demand for commercial pilots?

  • 637,000 pilots short of demand over the next 20 years.
  • 117,000 pilots short of demand in the U.S.
  • To fill the need in the U.S., the country must produce 16 commercial pilots a day.
  • The U.S. military is currently over 2,000 pilots short of demand.

Why is there a Pilot Shortage?

  • Retirement – 42% of current pilots will retire in the next 10 years.
  • Pilots must retire at 65 years old.
  • No longer a military feeder system from World War 2, Korean War, or Vietnam War.
  • Middle Eastern and Asian airlines are luring American pilots.
  • Required training has increased from 250 hours to 1,500 hours.
  • Number of training hours required has increased cost to become a commercial pilot to $100,000-$150,000. No college loan program or other government assistance available.

 

Download this PDF to view the training schedule and more information on this program.

 

View the Messenger-Inquirer article on this program.