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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Flight Training

Overview: the U.S. Flight Training Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Flight Training: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Flight Training industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Occupational, Technical, And Trade; Professional Development; And Management Training Programs And Courses

Training Programs - All Other Personal, Protective, And Transportation Services (Include CDl Training.)

Training Programs - Other Occupational, Technical And Trade; Professional Development; And Management Training Programs And Cour

Rental Or Lease Of Goods And/Or Equipment

All Other Receipts

All Other Operating Receipts

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

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Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Flight Training company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Flight Training industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Flight Training measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 7%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 66%
Postsecondary Teachers 53%
Health Teachers, Postsecondary 7%
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 5%
Miscellaneous Postsecondary Teachers 37%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 33%
Other Teachers and Instructors 8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Flight Training Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Aviation Performance Solutions trademarks "ALL-ATTITUDE UPSET RECOVERY" - Specialized flight training services to improve pilot skill and enhance air safety - 05/23/2017
  • Falcon Aviation Holdings trademarks "" - Airplane flight instruction - 01/03/2017

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Aviation Performance Solutions
    Falcon Aviation Holdings

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • America’s Secret Airline To Area 51 Is Now Hiring Flight Attendants - Must pass Company operated jet aircraft Emergency Training and Initial Flight Attendant Training and maintain currency as a Flight Attendant. Must be able to effectively perform all assigned physical duties without difficulty and without assistance. (01/10/2018)
    • Limited recordings of Pilot Flying J execs using racial slurs released in court - Another executive, Arnie Ralenkotter, can be heard poking fun at sensitivity training. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam also owns Pilot Flying J, though he has denied any involvement and has not been charged in the scheme. The alleged scheme, which spanned from ... (01/10/2018)
    • Threshold Aviation to develop airparks, FBOs and pilot training schools in China - Threshold Aviation is partnering with Chinese company YXST Aviation Industry Development Co. to develop residential airparks and fixed-base operators and establish schools for pilots and aircraft mechanics in China. "The Chinese aviation market has the ... (01/10/2018)
    • AFJROTC launches Flight Academy program to address aircrew shortage - academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. The in-residence training typically lasts about seven to nine weeks. The 120 AFJROTC cadets selected for the summer’s Flight Academy and the 250 planned for 2019 are but a ... (01/10/2018)
    • United Pilot Leader Wins New Term, Backs United Execs and Scoffs at Other Airlines' $1,000 Bonuses - Insler, who became a United pilot in 1995 (He earlier spent a year as an intern at the Denver flight training center), said Munoz is the best CEO he has worked for. “We have disagreements,” he said of Munoz. “But what he did was provide leadership ... (01/10/2018)
    • Plane on domestic flight makes emergency landing in Poland - The Polish airline LOT plane was flying from the southern city of Krakow A special aviation commission will investigate the incident. Local flight training company set to become world training hub for... (01/10/2018)
    • A new battery-electric airplane goes into production as popularity grows with flight schools - Ivo Boscarol, CEO of Pipistrel, says: “With the ever growing cost of fuel it is time to rethink pilot training. Our solution is the first practical all-electric trainer! Technologies developed specially for this aircraft cut the cost of ab-initio pilot ... (01/10/2018)
    • Discovery Aviation Launches Advanced XL-2 - Discovery Aviation is focusing on the international flight training market and three new XL-2s will soon be delivered to an company in Seoul, Korea, which already operates a fleet of XL-2s. The airplane is also available with round gauges along with Garmin ... (01/09/2018)
    • Face of Defense: Basic Training Flightmates Serve Together 21 Years Later - They were both a little scared and excited to become the Air Force’s newest airmen. Though they spent six weeks together in the same flight at basic military training, their Air Force journeys separated them by thousands of miles and trips around the ... (01/09/2018)
    • Airbus To Open First U.S. Western Training Center - In a move to further expand its global training capacity, Airbus has acquired the Strategic Simulation Solutions flight training center in Aurora, Colorado, a Denver suburb. Currently, the training center primarily supports Frontier Airlines and has ... (01/09/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $718,268,234 on Flight Training. It has awarded 1,349 contracts to 125 companies, with an average value of $5,746,146 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Flight Training to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Occupational, Tech, & Trade; Prof Dev; & Mngmt Training Prog
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Flight TrainingOpportunity/Threat
    Computer & IT Training & Certification
    Cosmetology & Barber Schools Competing industry
    Professional & Management Development Training Competing industry
    Business & Secretarial Schools Competing industry
    Vocational Schools & Occupational Training Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Occupational, Tech, & Trade; Prof Dev; & Mngmt Training Prog are less than those from Flight Training. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Occupational, Tech, & Trade; Prof Dev; & Mngmt Training Prog sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Occupational, Tech, & Trade; Prof Dev; & Mngmt Training Prog Product Sales Report

    Training Programs & Courses - Education
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Flight TrainingOpportunity/Threat
    Cosmetology & Barber Schools
    Computer & IT Training & Certification
    Apprenticeship Training
    Business & Secretarial Schools Competing industry
    Vocational Schools & Occupational Training Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Training Programs & Courses - Education are less than those from Flight Training. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Training Programs & Courses - Education sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Training Programs & Courses - Education Product Sales Report

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Schools, aviation, Flight training schools, Aviation schools, Flying instruction, etc.

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