Why the World is Running Out of Pilots


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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   11 months back

    Hey all, a few people have had some questions about the break-down of costs for a ATP License at the beginning of this video so I thought I’d try to clear things up and show a few sources for the different components.

    College Cost: I misplaced the original source that lines up exactly with $133k but this statistic is about the same accounting for yearly growth.

    Private Pilots License: I said $8,000 in the video based off a source’s estimate. Looking at a random selection of flight schools’ estimates it could be even a little higher. Many have also pointed out that the vast majority of individuals can only apply with 40 hours flight time (a small minority of US pilots are trained under Title 14 of federal code part 141 which allow them to apply with 35 hours.) While I was choosing to use the lowest numbers for training as to not sensationalize the cost numbers (it’s sensational enough as it is) I probably should have done the math for 40 hours (maybe even more as many need more hours to gain the skills needed) to get a more average estimate.
    $9,950: https://www.illinoisaviation.com/flight-training/private-pilot-141/
    $8,123: http://www.stcharlesflyingservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/CostEstimateToAdvance.pdf
    $7944: http://www.flyhafc.com
    $9500: https://www.executiveflighttraining.com/Private_Pilot_License.html

    Instrument Rating: The way I presented this bit was definitely confusing. The $900 I mentioned was accounting for the ground training and then I wrapped the hours needed for an instrument rating into the additional hours needed for a commercial pilots license (215/210.)

    Commercial Pilots License: From the comments I’ve read nobody really disagrees with the estimate I put for the overall CPL cost but here’s the source I used anyways.
    $80,000: https://www.l3airlineacademy.com/us-career-programs/pilot-training-cost

    • Mujtaba Awan
      Mujtaba Awan  1 weeks back

      Wendover Productions they should make trains for inside america

    • Samantha Anders
      Samantha Anders  3 weeks back

      🔴 I heard many pilots who first start off are relying on Food Stamps to survive and in some countries who send student pilots here to America, force those pilots on Lifetime Contracts with tiny salaries for the first couple of years and flying with them are of course An Endangerment of Your Own Lives

    • Jeffrey Ramsden
      Jeffrey Ramsden  1 months back

      @r3poman671 MUCH more accurate, well done. And of course everyone has different rates of learning, whether in the airplane or the books. In my case, the instrument, commercial, and multi add-on was about $50K all together. It also depends upon where you are in the country.

    • D B
      D B  2 months back

      Such a stupid ending. You absolutely DO NOT need math and physics schooling to be a pilot. Nice sales pitch, lol

    • hyperman717
      hyperman717  3 months back

      Donny Yario how did you get out so cheap?

  • infinitecanadian
    infinitecanadian  6 hours back

    So you have to buy a diploma from a college before you can even buy a pilot's license? Ridiculous! Imagine how many hours you would have to fly to pay that back.

    • Caldwell Pope
      Caldwell Pope  12 hours back

      0:38 Height: 108
      Weight: 300

      • Gabriele Barbaraci
        Gabriele Barbaraci  1 days back

        when the need is low the price as well.

        • Gabriele Barbaraci
          Gabriele Barbaraci  1 days back

          shity salary

          • Darth Vader
            Darth Vader  2 days back

            Planes:no pilots
            Airbus: water bus

            • Julius Andreasen
              Julius Andreasen  4 days back

              It’s not a job.
              It’s a passion.
              Pilots don’t care if they earn 350$ a year or half a million $
              IT’S A GOD DAMN PASSION, NOT A JOB. Pilots are just happy they get a salary for something they like to do.

              • Lachintus
                Lachintus  5 days back

                Well, Swiss has a maintained schedule of one flight a day for pilots, and that is a amazing schedule.
                Only if they knew.

                • Richard Purcell
                  Richard Purcell  5 days back

                  Eye Opening

                  • James Bruzgis
                    James Bruzgis  5 days back

                    Goodfellas said it best. FU PAY ME!

                    • Flying& Vacationing
                      Flying& Vacationing  5 days back

                      Now that marijuana is legal in the USA, they will suffer even more shortages. 👨‍✈️👩‍✈️

                      • Heraldo Medrano
                        Heraldo Medrano  1 days back

                        It pays better to fly cocaine and then people.

                    • Manjari Krishnagiri
                      Manjari Krishnagiri  5 days back

                      At 8:03 there is no wheels

                      • big gay
                        big gay  6 days back

                        What about not just favoring people who go through the university system but assume the full costs of whatever the training is to fly? I mean if my pilot doesn't have a bachelor's degree am I in serious danger? Legit question, might sound dumb idk.

                        • VintthoGaming
                          VintthoGaming  6 days back

                          In Denmark you earn 140.000 Dollars every year, if you are an average pilot

                          • VintthoGaming
                            VintthoGaming  2 days back

                            @jojo28227 Actually yea it does if you find a bad home

                          • jojo28227
                            jojo28227  3 days back

                            And the cost of living is much higher so the increased pay means nothing.

                        • Slykeren
                          Slykeren  6 days back

                          as someone who wanted to be a pilot. the reason i didn't become a pilot is because its stupid expensive and low pay

                          • cfroi08
                            cfroi08  6 days back

                            America is a society of debt, want a new car? Pay 40k+ over 8 years or give into advertising and ""trade"" for a new car and amount more debt for the newer car.
                            Atleast you can save up money and buy new parts, oh wait you can't due that because insurance is mandatory and good driver discounts don't make up for how much you would save if you just saved the money.

                            Want better pay? Get indebted in college.
                            Want to work a Trade job? Get underbidded by bigger companies and corporations with better advertising.
                            Want to buy a house? Be indebted, and then pay property tax.
                            Want to sell what you build and make? Pay taxes on that.

                            But it's okay, in states like Oklahoma with terrible roads you can enjoy... nothing. No public transport, rarely any scholarships, no good state jobs like teaching, or anything else.

                            • antsolja
                              antsolja  7 days back

                              to me the solution seems simple, its the massive upfront cost of becoming a pilot in the first place thats discouraging people, airlines should be subsidizing promising students to encourage more people to become pilots

                              • antsolja
                                antsolja  7 days back

                                well im off to learn manderin chinese and get certified to be an airline pilot!!

                                • Maverick ssb4
                                  Maverick ssb4  1 weeks back

                                  You only need 1,000 hours if you have a pt 141 college degree like you said, that will get you a restricted ATP, and a job at a regional.

                                  • Michael Allen
                                    Michael Allen  1 weeks back

                                    30 years from now there will be an ex-military non-com at a major airport flying a console monitoring 4 jets at one time, maintenance will drop it on the taxiway disconnect, push an FMS interlink button on the nose gear with a timer to get out of the way and it will depart with sensors in the runway. After rotation the non-com who the military trained for free will assume control after gear/flaps up and put the craft on autopilot to a cat 3C landing. It might happen in 20 years with cargo airlines. Piloting is a job that will disappear within 50 years.

                                    • carlos Rivera
                                      carlos Rivera  1 weeks back

                                      Its a lot of RED TAPE, with shitty pay

                                      • John Jnr van Wyk
                                        John Jnr van Wyk  1 weeks back

                                        I am stil bekmoming a pilot

                                        • JustNiik F
                                          JustNiik F  1 weeks back

                                          Ill become a pilot. I plan to go to school

                                          • Sam K
                                            Sam K  1 weeks back

                                            8.3 feet tall and 300 lbs. and only 4 years old too.

                                          • callme4realツ
                                            callme4realツ  1 weeks back

                                            This isn’t gonna stop me I will do it eventually

                                            • Go MGTOW
                                              Go MGTOW  1 weeks back

                                              Airliners in the West treat pilots as if they were a disposable resource. There is always the saying; "If you are not willing to fly for peanuts, we can find some other pilot who will". That is why a lot of pilots eventually quit and start working as a manager for some ground-based business, where they make significantly MORE money.

                                              • BBear atlanta
                                                BBear atlanta  1 weeks back

                                                Salaries for First Officers is changing quickly. Cadet training programs are changing as well. It appears that management has taken your suggestions on how to make the business better for all. I would like to point out that having your wings with 1,500 hours is a far better job than standing on your feet all day bagging hamburgers. To compare FO salary to Fast Food workers is a stone thrown too far. With 13,880 comments, you definitely did a great job with this video and the story you told will change from airline to airline and day to day.

                                                • Bob Burnitt
                                                  Bob Burnitt  1 weeks back

                                                  It's just like a lot of things, agriculture would be one, "If you have enough money to get in it, you DON'T NEED IT". That brick wall is cropping up more and more everyday. Seems like this place has run up against the "Law of Diminishing Returns". No wonder so many people are drug dealers now. BB

                                                  • MeZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZ
                                                    MeZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZ  1 weeks back

                                                    since when do 4 year degrees cost on average 130k? I think thats a bit high...mine was more like 40k in total and I went to a nice university with no scholarships.

                                                    • MeZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZ
                                                      MeZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZ  1 weeks back

                                                      @Vidit Arora um it's definitely not normal. The average college graduate in our country owes more like 30k...not 130k. Google it.

                                                    • Vidit Arora
                                                      Vidit Arora  1 weeks back

                                                      MeZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZ 130k for 4 years is normal in US tho

                                                    • MeZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZ
                                                      MeZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZ  1 weeks back

                                                      @Vidit Arora not really, the university makes a far greater impact on total cost than what your major is.

                                                    • Vidit Arora
                                                      Vidit Arora  1 weeks back

                                                      Depends on the field of study

                                                  • The One 21
                                                    The One 21  2 weeks back

                                                    First just do the airforce. They pay for your education and your training. Just do it for 8 years get out and do airlines. Airlines love ex military. Plus you travel the world.

                                                  • Robert Backlund
                                                    Robert Backlund  2 weeks back

                                                    This is the same reason that not enough people are opting to become aircraft technicians today. The airline industry has historically paid substandard wages for a job that has tons of responsibility. In the US an aircraft technician has to sign off on each and every job that he or she preforms on a certified aircraft. It is one of the few jobs that if you screw up while doing your job you can be charged with criminal negligence. I am now retired but worked in the aircraft industry for 40 years, I have worked for airlines, corporate aviation as well as general aviation. Looking back on when I decided to get involved with aviation I now know that it was a major mistake. I should have become a diesel engine or a marine mechanic and would have earned substantially more with zero personal liability. I do not feel any sympathy for the aviation companies. They need to get real and at least increase their entry level pay scale by at least 2 or 3 times what they currently pay. Here is a novel idea, they need to establish a serious apprentice training program where a young person is trained by the company who needs pilots so that the young person does not have to pay for all of the fight time.

                                                    • Yuzuru A
                                                      Yuzuru A  2 weeks back

                                                      Tell this to my uber driver who studied years to become a pilot...

                                                      • drumdude9403
                                                        drumdude9403  2 weeks back

                                                        uhhh 7:55 where are the rear wheels?!

                                                        • Austin Peters
                                                          Austin Peters  2 weeks back

                                                          35k a year? Are you fucking serious? It's a pay shortage, the pilot shortage is a result of that.

                                                          • *Marlon Wood*
                                                            *Marlon Wood*  2 weeks back

                                                            The costs for becoming a commercial pilot in Europe are much much lower, college tuition is close to nothing, salary starts much higher, working hours are less and you have higher career chances.
                                                            Just come to Europe.

                                                            • Fayu Yang
                                                              Fayu Yang  2 weeks back

                                                              Thanks Wendover for the video. I started my pilot training in 2015, paid $60,000 CAD over all for my training. Became a flight instructor and flown a Medevac PC12 for a while before i got into a regional airline base in Toronto, Canada. Flying a Dash 8 Q400 making about $44000 and still with $30000 in debt. Luckily in Canada to fly right seat in a commercial airliner we don't need ATP yet(US had this a while ago). However, in order to get into bigger airline I need to get more hour before i can move on. Most people think airline pilots making 6 figures...until i show them my paycheck LOL

                                                              • Rather B Fishing
                                                                Rather B Fishing  2 weeks back

                                                                Parents are not bringing up their children to reach their full potential. Many can't afford private schools. The quality of students is not there.

                                                                One can join the Air Force.

                                                                • Toxicbeowulf TV
                                                                  Toxicbeowulf TV  2 weeks back

                                                                  FAA bureaucracy, when I went to flight school I went all the way to my ATP multi engine, 45,000 dollars later, I go for my 1st class med renewal and the FAA certified MD says he detected a heart murmur, pulled my 1st class medical. I appealed through NASA with 2 cardiologist from John Hopkins which both said the blip that the MD detected could have been from the coffee I had or even eating a chocolate bar, but it was in no way a medical condition. 6 months of fighting and the FAA said tough shit it was an FAA certified MD who made the diagnosis and you will not get you're cert back. That was 25 years ago and it broke my heart, I have never flown again. I went back to school to learn software Engineering. Fuck the FAA!!! An airline could've paid me in peanuts and I still would've flown for them.

                                                                  • Randy Carlson
                                                                    Randy Carlson  2 weeks back

                                                                    Seems pretty cheap for a PPL. 🤔

                                                                    • Hcaz Htims
                                                                      Hcaz Htims  2 weeks back

                                                                      I honestly don’t blame the companies it’s the Taxes are so high it’s too hard to pay people decent money

                                                                      • R Muyypmuhy
                                                                        R Muyypmuhy  2 weeks back

                                                                        Damn $30K and investment of $200+ cheaper to drive a Train or Greyhound bus at union scale. Bean counters again😳😳

                                                                        • Pavan Rg
                                                                          Pavan Rg  2 weeks back

                                                                          Then, I will surely become a Chinese airline's pilot.

                                                                          • jayden chow
                                                                            jayden chow  2 weeks back

                                                                            I’m not even old enough to solo, imma not even get good pay yay =(

                                                                            • Life of Bassman
                                                                              Life of Bassman  2 weeks back

                                                                              This is why I whant to stay in the Air Force as a pilot when I get trained

                                                                              • Max Abraham James
                                                                                Max Abraham James  2 weeks back

                                                                                Time to train some neural networks and get them flying...

                                                                                • Not your Business
                                                                                  Not your Business  2 weeks back

                                                                                  If you're looking to pilot, the military is the best way to go. Especially the air force, obviously

                                                                                  • TOMAS
                                                                                    TOMAS  2 weeks back

                                                                                    ITS because like everything else ,they want to pay pilots like they are only BUSS drivers !! The same thing happened in the trucking industry < and now they have wrecks all the time ,but it doesn't hit the news like planes !! but its coming !!! when they got too short of drivers then they started hiring from the unemployed and paid them nothing so they could still charge the same for the freight THE NEXT PILOTS will be Ex-Auto Zone managers, paid even less than what's paid now !! same goes for the maintenance crews !!

                                                                                    • X'vette Shiroe
                                                                                      X'vette Shiroe  2 weeks back

                                                                                      The pay is wayyyy higher than 30k a year now, it's nearly double that starting out