A new ’boutique’ style professional pilot training academy is to open at Gloucestershire Airport later this year.
Skyborne Airline Academy is being set up by Lee Woodward, previously business development director at CTC Aviation (now L3) and Ian Cooper, former operations director at CAE. Backing the operation is entrepreneur Tom Misner.
Their aim is to establish the finest and most trusted airline training academy in the industry, hence the ’boutique’ tag. A brand new base is being fitted out at the airport’s SkyPark, with hangar, offices, classrooms and the UK’s first Boeing 737 Max FTD1 flight simulator.
Skyborne will initially offer full-time Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) training, and is also providing modular training to RAF pilots.
Lee Woodward, Skyborne CEO, says, “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.
“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.”
Skyborne plans to train up to 120 pilots at a time, with 80 being based at the airport in a new accommodation centre on site, and 40 away at its two fair-weather VFR flight training bases in Florida and California, USA.