What Percent of Controllers Are Licensed Pilots?

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  • has a pilot license?

    9 45.00%
  • does not have a pilot license but has logged flight instruction in an aircraft?

    5 25.00%
  • does not have a pilot license and has never logged flight training (Only flown as passenger)?

    6 30.00%
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    What Percent of Controllers Are Licensed Pilots?

    I've talked with or known about 9 or 10 controllers in my life with whom I've talked to about this. Only one was a pilot, and he was a student pilot, so I don't know if he ever got his license, but I'll count him as being a pilot for these purposes. I did a brief internet search, but didn't find anything on this. So based on my limited empirical data it appears that only 10-12% of air traffic controllers are pilots.

    I'm curious what actual controllers have to say about that? Do you think that is accurate, or is the percentage of controllers with a pilot license significantly higher than that?

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    Re: What Percent of Controllers Are Licensed Pilots?

    I’ve been at a few facilities, based on my recollections I’d say it’s about 10-15% who are licensed. Active is another story.

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    Re: What Percent of Controllers Are Licensed Pilots?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdatc624 View Post
    I’ve been at a few facilities, based on my recollections I’d say it’s about 10-15% who are licensed. Active is another story.
    Wow! So I was pretty close, even with my small sample size. Thanks.

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    Re: What Percent of Controllers Are Licensed Pilots?

    Maybe 10% but I think that's being pretty generous. I also think the percentage is dropping as new controllers get hired.

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