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There are approximately 122,350 civilian aircraft pilots and flight engineers in the United States. The majority (84,520) work as airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers. The rest are commercial pilots. The commercial airlines, including both passenger and cargo transport companies, are the primary employers of pilots. Some pilots work for air-taxi companies, and others work for businesses that provide services such as crop dusting, pipeline inspections, or sightseeing trip. Pilots also work in general aviation, and many are trained and employed by the military.

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