Title says it all. I don't see this information online anywhere. A breakdown by PPL/CPL would be nice. I have a vague memory of someone telling me 300 but that seems a tad low for a city of 7.5 million.

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    $\begingroup$ Given a fleet size of 135 aircraft of Cathay Pacific, 300 pilots is definitely too low. $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Jul 9, 2014 at 7:54
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    $\begingroup$ The training has not to take place in Hong Kong to apply for a license in Hong Kong I think. I assume that operating a commercial aircraft registered in Hong Kong requires a Hong Kong issued license, hence my previous comment. $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Jul 9, 2014 at 13:53
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    $\begingroup$ Asking a question about a specific aspect of flying allows one of the 'experts' here to answer it. I don't intend ANY disrespect by those quote, I'm simply acknowledging by it the fact that most (or all) of the pilots/enthusiasts would (vehemenently) deny being expert at all. Asking a question requiring minutia of engineering detail would probably get Knapf to answer. :) Asking a question which does not require the above would enable any of us to do research to get your answer. Since you've already admitted to researching this, I'm not sure any of us can do any better. :D $\endgroup$
    – CGCampbell
    Jul 9, 2014 at 15:22
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    $\begingroup$ @fooot The US has ~620,000 pilots, for a population of 319,000,000 (0.2%), if we assume a similar ratio for Hong Kong we get a little over 14,000 pilots. I suspect the truth is somewhere in between those numbers, though I have no proof. (I do know that comparatively the United States has a pretty high per capita number of pilots than most other nations, owing to our somewhat more GA-friendly training/regulatory environment & infrastructure.) $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Jul 10, 2014 at 1:06
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    $\begingroup$ I can't answer the question, but the HK Civil Aviation Department has a form for requesting information; you might be able to get it that way. $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Sep 9, 2014 at 16:32

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I reached out to the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and asked this question. To my surprise, I got an answer back in less than 12 hours.

As of December 31, 2014, they report:

  • 219 private pilots
  • 951 commercial pilots
  • 4007 ATPL holders
  • 20 MCPL holders

For a total of 5197 pilots licensed in Hong Kong.

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    $\begingroup$ Although this information isn't publicly available, but +1 for getting to a long forgotten question. $\endgroup$
    – Farhan
    Jan 29, 2015 at 20:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Farhan Well it's sort-of publicly available - we have a point-in-time snapshot that Paul found for us, and information on how to contact the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department in case anyone needs more up-to-date information $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Jan 29, 2015 at 22:22

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