Three well-known figures in aviation training have announced the launch of Skyborne, a new airline training academy based at Gloucestershire Airport in the UK.
The new academy will welcome its first intake of cadets in October 2018, following the completion of a purpose built, state-of-the-art training facility at Gloucestershire Airport and will initially offer full-time frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) training. Lee Woodward, Skyborne CEO, said:
“Our vision is that every trainee should graduate with the tools they need to really thrive in their chosen career. There is high demand for competent, suitable and resilient individuals in aviation. Our bespoke and airline-focused academy means we will be able to deliver such excellence.
“We have chosen Gloucestershire Airport as our home base due to its reputation as one of the top general aviation airports in the UK and its outstanding links to several British cities. Trainees will benefit significantly from our state-of-the-art facilities, complete with the country’s first Boeing 737 Max FTD1 flight simulator.
“From the flight operations centre, they will have direct access to a dedicated ramp with a short taxi to the runway. It is a great location from which to become completely immersed in the world of commercial airline pilot training.”
The leadership team say that Skyborne will be adopting an entirely fresh approach to airline pilot training through ‘Progressive Continuous Learning’ (PCL) and a focus on quality rather than quantity. Skyborne are understood to have partnered with Coventry University, MPS, California Aeronautical University and Florida Institute of Technology.Woodward continues:
“We aim to ensure the highest standard of teaching, safety and relevant airline-style training is maintained and interactive instruction encouraged. After all, airline crew training should be as much about building strength of character as developing the skills and knowledge required to succeed in this diverse and often challenging industry.”