by Guy Roginson
As China sets to triple the amount of civilian helicopters flying in its airspace over the next five years, the largest EMS operator in the U.S., Air Methods, with 315 locations and 400 aircraft, is seeking to hire up to 300 pilots in 2013 (Watch video below).
Combine international demand for helicopter pilots and their aircraft with the current, rising domestic demand and mix that with 70’s era pilots retiring in the U.S., and what you have is a helicopter pilot’s “perfect storm”: Incredible pilot demand worldwide.
“In the next five years, the number of civilian helicopters in China is expected to triple to 600, with as many as 2,000 needed by 2032, according to sources.” – quoted from article below.
“Experts say China has 155,800 potential civilian helicopter clients, and the market is worth as much as 150 billion yuan ($24.2 billion).” – quoted from article below.
“We have a need for pilots. We are probably going to hire 300 pilots this year,” Dennis McCall, Air Methods.
About Guidance Aviation
Guidance Aviation is a helicopter flight training organization with schools in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Established in 1998, Guidance Aviation provides FAA Part 141 helicopter flight training with 20 aircraft in its fleet including Robinson R66 (turbine), R44, and R22 helicopters.
Guidance Aviation’s sister companies include Prescott Wing and Rotor and Guidance LLC of Louisiana. Prescott Wing and Rotor is both an FAA approved aircraft maintenance facility and a Certified Robinson Helicopters maintenance facility. Guidance LLC of Louisiana is a Robinson R66 Turbine Helicopter Dealership providing sales and service of the Robinson R66 aircraft.