Brown's industry research

We are the largest producers of Flight Training Industry Research and analysis! We publish our research to help schools anticipate changes in the industry, predict trends and plan for the future. Some of the topics we cover include student recruitment, best practices for program operations and aircraft acquisition strategies.


Pilot Return on Investment

We used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compare the career of a pilot, lawyer, teacher, and doctor.

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The Life Skills Of A Pilot

The experience of flight training will prepare a student pilot for any career. We identified the top skills you can expect to receive by going through flight training.

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Recruiting the Student Pilots Of Tomorrow

Use the tools and tactics in this infographic to leverage current trends in the aviation industry.

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Case studies

WMU's College of Aviation Saves Millions

Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation saved millions through Brown’s Custom Leasing Program. They were able to upgrade their fleet to the most advanced technology and equipment while protecting their students investment.

When it came time for Western Michigan University to upgrade their fleet of flight training aircraft they were in a tough position. They had an acute decision timeframe, had stringent budget requirements, and needed a state-of-the-art training platform.

This Case Study outlines:

  • How Brown's Custom Leasing structure saved WMU  thousands of dollars in monthly payments.
  • How WMU formed a strategic partnership.
  • And how WMU created a future disposition strategy.

Should You Buy or Should You Lease?

This guide will help you gauge which path to upgrading your fleet is right for your program. According to GAMA, the average age of piston aircraft in the market is 40+ years old!

This free tip sheet will help you:

  • Ask and answer the right questions
  • Analyze your current fleet of aircraft and program needs
  • Understand your aircraft financing options
  • Determine the best solution for your flight training program

Take the first step in the re-fleeting process today!

  • Five Acquisition Strategies in a Slow Economy
  • Brown Aviation Lease prepared this white paper to address a few acquisition strategies to help your flight training program plan for the current economy.

5 Acquisition Strategies in a Slow Economy

We are faced with a multitude of challenges today: budgets are constrained, pending federal regulations may significantly change flight training, and the cost of education is rising.  It is important for us to implement strategies to migitage risk, decrease costs, and flatline budgets in order to remain competitive. 

Brown Aviation Lease prepared this white paper to address a few acquisition strategies to help your program accomplish these strategies.

After you read this document you will have a better understanding of:

  • Whether to lease or buy your fleet
  • When to upgrade your fleet
  • The risks involved with disposing of your current fleet
  • And more...

Collegiate flight training market survey - research findings 

In the spring of 2010, Brown Aviation Lease began a research project aimed to determine fleet characteristics and understand common operational challenges College and University flight training programs face regarding fleet operations.  This research was strictly focused on aircraft operations and not academics.

  • We invited 140 schools to participate
  • We received 51 responses

Collegiate Aviation Report: Fleet Characteristics of Flight Training Programs

South Dakota State University and Brown Aviation Lease published an academic paper in the Collegiate Aviation Review.
The report provides insight into:

  • Average age of training aircraft
  • Annual number of flight training hours
  • Student to aircraft ratio per flight school
  • Aircraft utilization rate


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The Brown Aviation Lease quarterly newsletter will serve as a platform for industry discussion and collaboration around operational issues and challenges, not academic or political. Our goal is to be a conduit for the professional pilot education community in identifying, aggregating, debating, sharing and occasionally opining on topical issues, events and opportunities. The key word is collaboration, and it is our hope that many of your will interact with us be it comments, criticism or the always welcome compliment.