Skyborne brings airline standards to PPL training

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+VIDEO A Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) course from a professional pilot training organisation? For student pilots taking the modular route to an Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) then the PPL is the first step – and now Skyborne Airline Academy has launched just such a standalone PPL course.

It is a PPL to ATPL standards, admits Skyborne’s Ian Cooper, chief operating officer at the Gloucestershire Airport based company. And the commitment required from the student matches that ambition. Skyborne expects students to be available at least seven hours a week, and tackle 80 of the 100 hours of ground school on site, with the remaining 20 hours self-study.

During the Skyborne PPL course, trainees will learn about airline philosophy, custom and practice. For those considering a future role as an airline pilot, the course also acts as a springboard to Skyborne’s EASA Modular ATPL programme.

Ian Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, Skyborne, said, “At Skyborne we can now deliver training to anyone who wants to learn to fly, whether for fun, or as a stepping stone to a new career.

“Our Private Pilot Licence course provides airline-focused teaching to those who have never flown before to develop their skills and give the best possible base for future flying.

“We are proud to offer a range of Modular ATPL courses at our Gloucestershire Airport HQ, with adaptable and flexible training for those wishing to study around existing work and family commitments.”

The Skyborne PPL typically takes 10 weeks to complete, including 100 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction from experienced instructors and 45 hours of Diamond DA40 single-engine piston training at one of the UK’s top General Aviation airports.

The course costs £11,998 inc VAT, not including CAA fees for the PPL exams  and Skills Test.

Skyborne PPL course and EASA Modular ATPL programme