How many active pilots are there in the US? Also, how many active flight instructors are there? Out of all of active pilots and flight instructors how many are women?


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According to the FAA, as of December 31, 2016, there are:

584,361 Active pilots (39,187 are Women pilots, or about 7%)

104,382 Flight Instructors (6,848 are Women Flight Instructors, or about 7%)

The ratio of female instructors to female active pilots is virtually the same as for males.

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    $\begingroup$ It's interesting that the percentage of active pilots who are women and flight instructors who are women stay the same. I wonder if that's true of women in most highly-skilled highly-certified technical fields. $\endgroup$
    – Steve V.
    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:41

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