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In a previous story we wrote about the growing demand for pilots.  The demand is real and well documented.  But what about the other side of the equation?  Where will these pilots come from?

In its recently released study, Boeing notes a demand for 617,000 airline pilots by 2035.  They go on to say: “Meeting this demand will require innovative solutions — focused on educational outreach and career pipeline programs — to inspire the next generation of pilots, technicians, and cabin crew. New technologies, devices, and training methods will be needed to meet a wide range of learning styles. The growing diversity of aviation personnel will also require instructors to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills to engage tomorrow’s workforce.”  Airbus forecasts a need for 560,000 pilots by 2035. The demand for pilots is not exclusively a commercial issue.  Even the USAF… Continue reading

First it was Airbus, then it was Embraer and Bombardier. Then came ATR, Boeing and now its Mitsubishi.  Iran has now been speaking with or has deals with every western OEM.  This is what we have suggested is going to happen all along.

It is fair to say Iran’s aviation needs are so large that it is likely to need everyone’s production capacity to rebuild its fleets.  But it is more obvious that Iran will spread its requirements far and wide to ensure any new sanctions are vastly more complex to enforce.  With every OEM, and therefore the world’s aerospace supply chains invested, new sanctions become very tough to implement.  New sanctions would simply hurt too many economies.

What is very interesting though is that announcements are almost always from Iran first.  Embraer notified us denying they had consummated any… Continue reading

The wave of orders for wide-body aircraft has slowed to a trickle in 2016.  Why has this happened, and when will the market turn around?  There are a number of reasons that order books have not been particularly robust in 2016, including low fuel prices that keep older aircraft economically viable, a lack of economic growth in North America and Western Europe, and a slowing of growth rates in China and Asian from phenomenal to normal levels.

How have wide-body orders and deliveries fared in recent years?  Orders have outpaced deliveries by a considerable margin, as airlines ordered new technology 787 and A350 aircraft in record numbers.  The chart below shows net orders (including cancellations) and deliveries by year from 2000 through the second quarter of 2016.  While orders have jumped considerably, production has not kept the same pace. Continue reading

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