Skyborne’s new flight academy at Vero Beach, Florida – coincidentally, home of Piper Aircraft – has opened. It’s the first pilot training base in the United States for the UK-headquartered airline academy.
The main offering from Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach is its US-approved (FAA) full-time Part 141 training on a 12-month residential programme. It will also offer airline pathway programmes with leading US airlines, plus Private, Instrument, Commercial and Instructor courses.
Furthermore, Vero Beach will also serve as a fair-weather base for Skyborne’s UK CAA Integrated ATPL programme, which is based at Gloucestershire Airport. Vero Beach will welcome trainees from the Academy’s IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme as they complete their US FAA 141 CPL SEIR plus ME flying.
Lee Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Skyborne Aviation Group, said, “Today’s deal closure is a milestone for Skyborne as we officially enter the US pilot training market. Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach will be a world-class facility in a prime geographic location.
“The timing is optimal as the global demand for pilots will outpace supply as the world emerges from the pandemic.
“We are committed to attracting the top talent in the United States and are on course to offer the best flight training facility in the country backed by decades of experience and long-standing relationships with the world’s leading airlines.”
Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach has approximately 320 flying days a year thanks to the Florida weather. It’s located on a 30-acre site between Orlando and West Palm Beach, minutes from the Space Coast and situated within reach of 137 airports state-wide.
The Academy has more than 200 recently renovated bedrooms, a swimming pool, soccer field, volleyball court, cafes and bookshops where trainees can enjoy a full campus experience.