United Airlines selects Skyborne as partner flight school for Aviate program

United Airlines selects Skyborne as partner flight school for Aviate

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Vero Beach, Florida – January 19, 2022:

Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach partners with United Airline’s Aviate program, offering Skyborne trainee pilots a route to the flight deck at United Airlines. The mentored career pathway takes trainees with zero or little flying experience through an FAA Part 141 program to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), before eventually joining United as a First Officer.

As part of the partnership, trainee pilots accepted into Aviate will receive access to pilot mentors and a Conditional Job Offer for a First Officer position at United Airlines – all while training at Skyborne’s world renowned facility in Vero Beach, Florida.

Lee Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Skyborne, says: “The United Airlines Aviate Program in partnership with Skyborne will immerse trainees in airline technique, custom and practice, equipping graduates with the skills to be truly flight deck ready.”

“In the US, air passenger numbers are now within 5% of 2019 levels* and in order to meet this demand for travel, the aviation industry needs focused initiatives like Aviate. United Airlines is leading the way in responding to the pilot shortage and we’re extremely proud this partnership will deliver the next generation of competent, professional and resilient airline pilots.”

In another U.S. industry first, trainees in the program will also be eligible for the Skyborne Guarantee, a form of money-back guarantee upon successful completion of the Skyborne selection process and Private Pilot Certificate (PPC) phase.

Captain Curtis Brunjes, Managing Director of Aviate & Pilot Strategy, United Airlines, says: “We are thrilled to partner with Skyborne Airline Academy and are confident they will be an invaluable asset to Aviate due to their innovative approach to the aviation market, prestigious reputation and rigorous training. We look forward to working with them and welcoming more pilots to the United family.”

Skyborne and Aviate will work together to admit the best applicants to the program. To train at Skyborne, an applicant must first meet Skyborne’s criteria, then pass a pilot selection process that includes aptitude and psychometric assessments, followed by an interview with Skyborne – all completed online to make the process more convenient for applicants. After Skyborne cadets have completed the Private Certification phase of training, they may apply to United’s Aviate program.

For entry requirements and to apply, please visit www.skyborneacademy.com/aviate or email flyvero@skyborne.com. Come and visit the Skyborne and Aviate teams at the Skyborne Open House on February 17 in Vero Beach, FL. You can register for the event here.

About Skyborne Airline Academy

Skyborne Airline Academy is a modern airline training academy based at Gloucestershire Airport in the United Kingdom and Vero Beach in the United States. Established by industry experts, Skyborne brings a fresh approach to airline pilot training.

Founders Tom Misner (chairman), Lee Woodward (CEO) and Ian Cooper (COO) have unsurpassed experience in commercial aviation, education and training. It is their vision to create a training environment where the highest standard of teaching, safety and relevant airline-style training is maintained, and interactive learning is encouraged.

Using a combination of tried and tested methods and the latest technology to assess competence, suitability, aptitude and resilience, Skyborne aims to recruit the very best candidates to minimise additional training, reduce failure rates and provide airlines with better pilots and cabin crew.

In January 2019, Skyborne was named as a leading training provider for IndiGo, India’s largest passenger airline.