Currently, more than 30,000 people hold a pilot license in China. This information was announced by Mr. Chen Guangcheng, a representative of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation in China. According to him, the structural composition of the pilots is approximately the following: 22,000 are working in airlines, 2,000 have retired, 6,000 are working in general aviation. Out of the last 3,000, these are cadets and flight school teachers, about 600 fly on local airlines, 600 are pilots of agricultural aircraft and forestry services, and about 1000 more are business aviation pilots.
According to Chen Guangcheng, pilot training in China is at an early stage and lags far behind the United States, which has about 600,000 pilots. However, Chen Guangcheng is confident that with the development of general aviation and the simplification of low-altitude flights, the number of Chinese pilots holding a pilot's license will steadily increase. From the beginning of 2012, the State Air Traffic Control Committee of the PRC will gradually reform low-altitude flight control throughout the country.