FAA Forecasts Rotorcraft Operations Growth

By Woodrow Bellamy III | March 16, 2018
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The FAA released its annual 20-year aerospace forecast, highlighting the projected growth in air travel across all segments of aviation. According to the forecast, the general aviation fleet in the U.S. is expected to grow from 213,050 aircraft in 2017 to 214,090 in 2038.

The forecast analysts also expect annual general aviation hours flown to increase from 25.4 million in 2017, to 30.2 million in 2038. Rotorcraft hours flown are expected to grow at a rate of 2.2% per year.


FAA is also expecting robust growth within the commercial small “non-model” unmanned aircraft system (UAS) fleet, from 110,604 in 2017 to 451,800 in 2022, at an annual growth rate of 32.5%. The number of remote pilots will increase from “73,673 in 2017 to 301,000 in 2022,” according to the report.

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