If I told you 25-29 year olds with a third class medical were the largest segment of aviators, would you believe me? Thankfully, you don’t have to take my word for it. Download the 2012 Aerospace Medical Certification Statistical Handbook for a little light reading.
In fact, pilots with a third class medical between 20 and 29 years of age made up 26.71% of the pilot population in 2012. Huh. Who’d a thunk it? In fact, 20-29 year olds made up 42% of the third class medical population.
The next chart show even better the age breakdown…
Aside from the 16-19 year olds, this data is much flatter than I expected. Maybe we aren’t as old as we think we are.
Thanks to Washington Pilots Association president Les Smith for sending me the link to this report. Let the conversation continue.