U.S. student certificated pilots - number 1990-2019

This statistic represents the number of student pilot certificates active in the United States from 1990 through 2018. In 2018, there were over 197,600 active student pilots in the United States.

Number of student pilot certificates active in the United States from 1990 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The figures have been rounded.
* The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changed the validity of student pilot certificates in 2010 through an amendment to 14 CFR 61.19(b)(1), resulting in the duration of validity for student pilot certificates for pilots under 40 years of age, increasing from 36 to 60 months. This created an increase in the active student pilot population to 119,119 active airmen at the end of 2010 compared to 72,280 the prior year.

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