Aviation personnel licensing statistics

The following charts and documents display the Summary of Personnel Licences Statistics by year for the period 2007 to 2021:

* It should be noted that since March 2020, due to COVID, a number of exemptions have been issued extending pilot’s medical validity. Our licensing system calculates these statistics based on pilots holding valid medicals. Since pilots may be using the exemptions to extend or renew their medical, our statistics will not accurately indicate the true number of valid pilot licences in Canada for the year 2020 and 2021.

Aeroplane Pilot Licences Statistics

Private Pilot Licences Aeroplane In Force (PPL-A)

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Year Private Pilot Licences Aeroplane - In Force

2007

27,581

2008

27,138

2009

26,941

2010

26,873

2011

25,868

2012

24,982

2013

24,610

2014

24,132

2015

24,022

2016

23,810

2017

23,425

2018

22,132

2019

19,832

2020

16,608

2021

12,403

Private Pilot Licences Aeroplane In Force (PPL-A) – Male Female Comparison

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Private Pilot Licences Aeroplane
Year Male Female

2007

25,913

1,668

2008

25,525

1,613

2009

25,350

1,591

2010

25,175

1,698

2011

24,133

1,735

2012

23,304

1,678

2013

22,993

1,617

2014

22,530

1,602

2015

22,498

1,524

2016

22,316

1,494

2017

21,892

1,533

2018

20,573

1,559

2019

18,266

1,566

2020

15,200

1,408

2021

11,151

1,252

Commercial Pilot Licences Aeroplane In Force (CPL-A)

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Year Commercial Pilot Licences Aeroplane - In Force

2007

7,480

2008

8,364

2009

7,668

2010

7,975

2011

7,972

2012

7,838

2013

7,637

2014

7,349

2015

7,774

2016

7,582

2017

7,641

2018

7,470

2019

5,493

2020

2,912

2021

1,555

Commercial Pilot Licences Aeroplane In Force (CPL-A) – Male Female Comparison

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Commercial Pilot Licences Aeroplane
Year Male Female

2007

6,916

564

2008

7,786

578

2009

7,094

574

2010

7,389

586

2011

7,437

535

2012

7,284

554

2013

7,093

544

2014

6,817

532

2015

7,181

593

2016

7,020

562

2017

7,053

588

2018

6,886

584

2019

5,026

467

2020

2,670

242

2021

1,409

146

Airline Transport Pilot Licences Aeroplane In Force (ATPL-A)

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Year Airline Transport Pilot Licences Aeroplane - In Force

2007

11,310

2008

12,004

2009

11,840

2010

11,869

2011

12,192

2012

12,568

2013

12,768

2014

10,840

2015

13,546

2016

13,735

2017

13,970

2018

13,595

2019

9,971

2020

4,327

2021

1,853

Airline Transport Pilot Licences Aeroplane In Force (ATPL-A) – Male Female Comparison

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Airline Transport Pilot Licences Aeroplane
Year Male Female

2007

10,813

497

2008

11,456

548

2009

11,291

549

2010

11,296

573

2011

11,582

610

2012

11,925

643

2013

12,108

660

2014

10,253

587

2015

12,808

738

2016

12,969

766

2017

13,189

781

2018

12,834

761

2019

9,391

580

2020

4,051

276

2021

1,750

103

Recreational Pilot Permit In Force (RPP-A)

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Year Recreational Pilot Permit - In Force

2007

1,267

2008

1,281

2009

1,265

2010

1,283

2011

1,295

2012

1,305

2013

1,315

2014

1,321

2015

1,331

2016

1,329

2017

1,301

2018

1,292

2019

1,124

2020

851

2021

691

Recreational Pilot Permit In Force (RPP-A) – Male Female Comparison

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Recreational Pilot Permit Aeroplane
Year Male Female

2007

1,206

61

2008

1,223

58

2009

1,205

60

2010

1,217

66

2011

1,220

75

2012

1,235

70

2013

1,245

70

2014

1,244

77

2015

1,256

75

2016

1,260

69

2017

1,238

63

2018

1,227

65

2019

1,068

56

2020

814

37

2021

661

30

Comparison of Private Pilot Licences Aeroplane, Commercial Pilot Licences Aeroplane, Airline Transport Pilot Licences Aeroplane and Recreational Pilot Permits Aeroplane In Force

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Year

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Recreational Pilot Permit Aeroplane - In Force

1,267

1,281

1,265

1,283

1,295

1,305

1,315

1,321

1,331

1,329

1,301

1,292

1,124

851

691

Private Pilot Licence Aeroplane - In Force

27,581

27,138

26,941

26,873

25,868

24,982

24,610

24,132

24,022

23,810

23,425

22,132

19,832

16,608

12,403

Commercial Pilot Licences Aeroplane - In Force

7,480

8,364

7,668

7,975

7,972

7,838

7,637

7,349

7,774

7,582

7,641

7,470

5,493

2,912

1,555

Airline Transport Pilot Licences Aeroplane - In Force

11,310

12,004

11,840

11,869

12,192

12,568

12,768

10,840

13,546

13,735

13,970

13,595

9,971

4,327

1,853

Helicopter Pilot Licences Statistics

Private Pilot Licences Helicopter In Force (PPL-H)

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Year Private Pilot Licence Helicopter - In Force

2007

534

2008

596

2009

594

2010

598

2011

627

2012

623

2013

634

2014

643

2015

690

2016

701

2017

734

2018

709

2019

616

2020

488

2021

274

Private Pilot Licences Helicopter In Force (PPL-H) – Male Female Comparison

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Private Pilot Licences Helicopter
Year Male Female

2007

515

19

2008

574

22

2009

570

24

2010

573

25

2011

599

28

2012

597

26

2013

607

27

2014

616

27

2015

663

27

2016

673

28

2017

704

30

2018

683

26

2019

597

19

2020

478

10

2021

264

10

Commercial Pilot Licences Helicopter In Force (CPL-H)

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Year Commercial Pilot Licences Helicopter - In Force

2007

2,853

2008

3,234

2009

3,068

2010

2,999

2011

3,103

2012

3,108

2013

3,071

2014

2,933

2015

3,012

2016

2,959

2017

2,873

2018

2,745

2019

2,238

2020

1,281

2021

860

Commercial Pilot Licences Helicopter In Force (CPL-H) – Male Female Comparison

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Commercial Pilot Licences Helicopter
Year Male Female

2007

2,743

110

2008

3,108

126

2009

2,943

125

2010

2,878

121

2011

2,981

122

2012

2,976

132

2013

2,946

125

2014

2,804

129

2015

2,890

122

2016

2,826

133

2017

2,748

125

2018

2,625

120

2019

2,118

120

2020

1,211

70

2021

801

59

Airline Transport Pilot Licences Helicopter In Force (ATPL-H)

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Year Airline Transport Pilot Licences Helicopter - In Force

2007

873

2008

996

2009

976

2010

933

2011

959

2012

1,016

2013

1,029

2014

980

2015

1,081

2016

1,051

2017

998

2018

911

2019

752

2020

521

2021

249

Airline Transport Pilot Licences Helicopter In Force (ATPL-H) – Male Female Comparison

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Airline Transport Pilot Licences Helicopter
Year Male Female

2007

853

20

2008

972

24

2009

954

22

2010

911

22

2011

934

25

2012

987

29

2013

1,002

27

2014

951

29

2015

1,050

31

2016

1,020

31

2017

967

31

2018

882

29

2019

725

27

2020

504

17

2021

241

8

Comparison of Private Pilot Licences Helicopter, Commercial Pilot Licences Helicopter, Airline Transport Pilot Licences Helicopter

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Year

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Private Pilot Licences Helicopter - In Force

534

596

594

598

627

623

634

643

690

701

734

709

616

488

274

Commercial Pilot Licences Helicopter - In Force

2,853

3,234

3,068

2,999

3,103

3,108

3,071

2,933

3,012

2,959

2,873

2,745

2,238

1,281

860

Airline Transport Pilot Licences Helicopter - In Force

873

996

976

933

959

1,016

1,029

980

1,081

1,051

998

911

752

521

249

Other Pilot Licences and Permits Statistics

Gyroplane Pilots Permits In Force (GPP)

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Year Gyroplane Pilots Permits - In Force

2007

29

2008

29

2009

29

2010

33

2011

39

2012

45

2013

55

2014

54

2015

59

2016

62

2017

72

2018

67

2019

58

2020

29

2021

21

Gyroplane Pilot Permits In Force (GPP) – Male Female Comparison

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Gyroplane Pilots Permits
Year Male Female

2007

28

1

2008

29

0

2009

29

0

2010

31

2

2011

36

3

2012

41

4

2013

50

5

2014

51

3

2015

55

4

2016

60

2

2017

68

4

2018

64

3

2019

57

1

2020

29

0

2021

20

1

Ultra-Light Private Pilot Permits In Force (ULP)

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Year Ultra-Light Private Pilots Permits - In Force

2007

2,758

2008

2,766

2009

2,735

2010

2,760

2011

2,906

2012

2,923

2013

2,852

2014

2,779

2015

2,750

2016

2,643

2017

2,541

2018

2,488

2019

2,378

2020

2,135

2021

1,895

Ultra-Light Pilot Permits In Force (ULP) – Male Female Comparison

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Ultra-Light Private Pilots Permits
Year Male Female

2007

2,678

80

2008

2,679

87

2009

2,650

85

2010

2,673

87

2011

2,815

91

2012

2,825

98

2013

2,763

89

2014

2,692

87

2015

2,663

87

2016

2,565

78

2017

2,461

80

2018

2,408

80

2019

2,306

72

2020

2,071

64

2021

1,833

62

Glider Pilot Licences In Force (GPL)

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Year Glider Pilots Licences - In Force

2007

5,824

2008

5,912

2009

5,876

2010

5,902

2011

5,999

2012

5,971

2013

5,992

2014

5,962

2015

5,922

2016

5,873

2017

5,880

2018

5,903

2019

5,789

2020

5,310

2021

4,856

Glider Pilot Licences In Force (GPL) – Male Female Comparison

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Glider Pilots Licences
Year Male Female

2007

5,137

687

2008

5,235

677

2009

5,212

664

2010

5,213

689

2011

5,270

729

2012

5,249

722

2013

5,257

735

2014

5,251

711

2015

5,230

692

2016

5,202

671

2017

5,185

695

2018

5,187

716

2019

5,070

719

2020

4,669

641

2021

4,281

575

Balloon Pilots Licences In Force (BPL)

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Year Balloon Pilots Licences - In Force

2007

228

2008

222

2009

223

2010

222

2011

220

2012

221

2013

206

2014

188

2015

192

2016

180

2017

189

2018

172

2019

144

2020

94

2021

64

Balloon Pilots Licences In Force (BPL) – Male Female Comparison

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Balloon Pilot Licences
Year Male Female

2007

211

17

2008

205

17

2009

206

17

2010

206

16

2011

198

22

2012

196

25

2013

182

24

2014

169

19

2015

175

17

2016

166

14

2017

169

20

2018

151

21

2019

129

15

2020

84

10

2021

55

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Comparison of Gyroplane Pilot Permits, Ultra Light Private Pilot Permits, Glider Pilot Licences and Balloon Pilots Licences

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2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Gyroplane Pilots Permits - In Force

29

29

29

33

39

45

55

54

59

62

72

67

58

29

21

Ultra-Light Private Pilots Permits - In Force

2,758

2,766

2,735

2,760

2,906

2,923

2,852

2,779

2,750

2,643

2,541

2,488

2,378

2,135

1,895

Glider Pilots Licences - In Force

5,824

5,912

5,876

5,902

5,999

5,971

5,992

5,962

5,922

5,873

5,880

5,903

5,789

5,310

4,856

Balloon Pilots Licences - In Force

228

222

223

222

220

221

206

188

192

180

189

172

144

94

64

Air Traffic Controller Statistics

Air Traffic Controllers In Force (ATC)

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Year Air Traffic Controllers - In Force

2007

2,034

2008

1,981

2009

1,976

2010

1,972

2011

1,917

2012

1,897

2013

1,834

2014

1,817

2015

1,776

2016

1,742

2017

1,740

2018

1,665

2019

1,275

2020

602

2021

259

Air Traffic Controllers In Force (ATC) – Male Female Comparison

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Air Traffic Controllers - In Force
Year Male Female

2007

1,809

225

2008

1,733

248

2009

1,724

252

2010

1,694

278

2011

1,641

276

2012

1,619

278

2013

1,563

271

2014

1,541

276

2015

1,504

272

2016

1,472

270

2017

1,473

267

2018

1,412

253

2019

1,075

200

2020

486

116

2021

207

52

Pilot Permit and Licence Statistics by Age, Province and Region

The following documents provide statistics for the period 2007 to 2021 for pilot permits and licences specific to aeroplane, helicopter as well as other licences (balloon, glider, flight engineer and air traffic controller).

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Aeroplane and Helicopter Pilot Licences Statistics by Type and Citizenship – Canadian and Non-Canadian

The following document provides statistics for the period 2007-2021 for aeroplane and helicopter licences issued by type and citizenship.

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