World Pilot’s Day was set to commemorate the first flight of Turkish Pilot and Cavalry Lieutenant, Fesa Evrensev. His expertise in flight, and as a leader in both the military and his organizations thereafter have been recognized by professionals around the world.

While his first flight took place on 26 April 1912, World Pilot’s Day wasn’t formally established until 2013, when the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA) took the steps to create a day to honor, celebrate and recognize pilots around the world. IATA joins IFALPA in celebrating these pivotal professionals, without whom very little in the aviation world would actually take flight.

  • The IFALPA now consists of 104 pilot associations representing more than 100,000 pilots worldwide.


Meet the future demands of the aviation industry

Don’t miss your chance to be a catalyst in the industry. IATA is established and ready to help pilots pave the way to a variety of different career paths within the industry.

We have training for active pilots and for those wishing to venture into new areas. For example, you might want to become an instructor and teach a new generation of pilots, cabin crew, and other airline staff.

Or, you might consider a career in safety & auditing, and help maintain the safety of your operations and passengers.

Whatever your professional flight plan may be, stay relevant and equip yourself with the latest skills aimed at making flying safer and more efficient.

Navigating the Industry in 2022

Like many in aviation, pilots have been hit hard with airline groundings, staffing shortages, ceased operations, and more as the turbulence of the pandemic continues to send waves of change throughout the industry.

Whether you’re a new professional looking to take flight, a seasoned pilot trying to keep up with the rapid evolutions, or are looking to cross-train for a new career path: Pilots are in-demand more than ever! Even with the discontinuation of age-based attrition by many organizations, the dire need for pilots is still expected to rise for decades to come.

  • There was an estimated 27,000 pilot shortage in the industry at the end of 2021.
  • By 2029, it is projected that there will be an increased demand for upwards of 484,000 pilots.
Piloting success one story at a time

Take the next step in your success story

Expand your skills beyond piloting, and become an instructor or a safety and auditing expert. IATA Training has the specified courses to help you gain the critical applicable knowledge that’s necessary for a successful future in aviation.

Navigate critical skills with pilot preferred e-learning courses:

  • Global Reporting Format (GRF) for Runway Surface Conditions | e-learning
  • Flight Data Analysis Fundamentals | e-learning
  • IATA - Embry-Riddle Aviation Management Certificate | e-learning

Join the fleet with the classroom and virtual classroom courses:

Help your career take flight by earning a globally recognized diploma: