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In the last few years, a growing shortage of business jet pilots in the UK is hitting aircraft sales and creating challenges for local owners and operators who are struggling to source crews.

It is predicted, that 98 000 new business aircraft pilots will be needed in the next 2 decades. What could be the reason for that?

Business aircraft pilots are already leaving the sector attracted by the more predictable schedules that commercial airlines can offer.

“The business aviation sector is struggling to compete with airlines in recruiting pilots,” says Colibri managing director Oliver Stone. “This means commercial airlines are not only recruiting existing business aviation pilots, but they are also getting the pick of newly qualified pilots. “The business aviation sector is struggling to compete with airlines in recruiting pilots,” says Stone. “This means commercial airlines are not only recruiting existing business aviation pilots, but they are also getting the pick of newly qualified pilots.”

The shrinking pilot population is increasingly affecting the sale of private jets, he adds. The problem is particularly acute for models at “the lower end of the price spectrum”, for which hiring a full-time pilot and freelance crew is “becoming incrementally more expensive for the owner, in relation to the value of the aircraft”.

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Information for this article has been taken from flightglobal.com