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The percentage of American female pilots grows to 5.7% for the first time since 1960

The FAA recently published personnel licensing statistics for 2020. At the end of the year, there were 26,854 fully licensed American female pilots among 469,062 FAA licensed pilots. They now represent 5.7% of the American pilot population – the highest percentage since 1960.

The numbers show that 637 became non-commercial pilots, 692 became commercial pilots, and 46 became airline transport pilots in 2020. This represents a positive trend. The number of American female pilots had decreased from a 2009 all-time high of 28,358 to 23,216 in 2016 – the lowest number since the 1970s.

While the Covid 19 pandemic deeply affect the active pilot population in Canada, it did not in the United States. In fact, the United States grew its pilots population by 2,162 in 2020.

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