Boeing encourages pilot training courses as university degrees

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Offering pilot training courses an accredited university course may make it more attractive, US-based airframer Boeing said at a briefing on the company's outlook for pilots and technicians.

This will make it easier for governments to finance the courses and increase the appeal to more people, said Louis J. Mancini, senior vice-president for commercial aviation services at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Sherry Carbary, vice-president for flight services at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added that there is a need to start training more pilots now to prevent a shortage in the next two to three years.

The 2011 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook forecasts that 459,600 pilots and 650,000 technicians will be required globally over the next 20 years.

Asia Pacific will account for 182,300 pilots and 247,400 technicians during this time frame, according to the report.