How many pilots are there in the US?
617,128 active certificated pilots
In 2011 there were 617128 active certificated pilots in the United States of America. Keep in mind that in 1980 there were 827000 pilots. Needless to say, there were 702,659 active pilots in 1990 and 625,581 active pilots in 2000. Not too many people know that an active pilot is defined as one who holds both a pilot certificate and a valid medical certificate. Not too many people know that An FAA-issued pilot certificate is evidence that an individual is duly authorized to exercise piloting privileges.