ABOUT SKYBORNE

Welcome to the most experienced and innovative flight school in the industry.

The Skyborne Way

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From our unique educational approach to our world-class facilities at Vero Beach, we’re radically redefining every aspect of pilot training. At Skyborne, we’re fully committed to maintaining a dynamic, engaging and welcoming environment to get the best from all pilots who train with us. Our Progressive Continuous Learning methodology focuses on developing talent and absorbing new skills from our vastly experienced instructors.

ENHANCED AIRLINE-FOCUSED PHILOSOPHY

WE USE A COMBINATION OF TRIED AND TESTED METHODS AND THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE OUR TRAINEES WITH THE BEST TRAINING POSSIBLE

We have considered all aspects of your journey with Skyborne, starting from when you first click on the “apply now” button to placing you with an airline and everything in between.

COMPETENCY-BASED SELECTION

At Skyborne we take our responsibility towards your career very seriously from the outset. By completing our tried and trusted online selection process you can be sure that at program offer, you have what it takes to become a commercial pilot. Our role is to identify talent and test capability. The recruitment team has a wealth of experience in selecting trainee and experienced pilots using competency-based assessment tools. We screen for aptitude, attitude, motivation and resilience. There is no charge for the selection process.

AIRLINE-FOCUSED TRAINING

Our Progressive Continuous Learning methodology focuses on developing talent and absorbing new skills from our vastly experienced instructors through repetition, reinforcement and layering the learning experience. This application of relevant knowledge and skills using a multi-media approach truly enhances the training experience. From the outset trainees are immersed in airline methodology, custom and practice. This approach prepares newly qualified pilots for the rigors of airline operations, ensuring a seamless transition is achieved.

Expertise

Lee Woodward

Chief Executive Officer

Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, with almost 30 years of experience in airline operations, recruitment and selection, MPL and Integrated Pilot training programmes.

As co-founder and CEO of Skyborne, Lee oversees every aspect of the business, ensuring we deliver the very best user experience and final outcome for all cadets and customers.

With three decades of experience in the airline industry as a pilot with British Airways and a former shareholder and director of CTC Aviation group and current Training Captain, Lee brings a level of unrivalled expertise to the role.

He aims to take his wealth of experience and work with directors and managers of the world’s leading airlines to offer a range of programmes for pilots, cabin crew and future managers.

Ian Cooper

Chief Operating Officer

Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and former airline pilot with 20 years experience in the airline and training fields.

As co-founder and COO of Skyborne, Ian is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our operations and is the Accountable Manager.

As a former pilot for Monarch and British Airways, Ian has first-hand industry experience to accompany his director-level roles at training academies Airways Aviation and CAE, including the oversight and operation of Integrated, Modular and MPL training programmes around the world involving numerous regulators. Ian brings a wealth of unrivalled experience to the role.

Ian is dedicated to ensuring we deliver excellence across all fields of our operations, whilst at the same time ensuring safety is the key priority.

Tom Misner

Tom Misner

Chairman

Tom Misner’s name has been synonymous with the education and music industry for over 40 years as a musician, engineer, producer, educator and entrepreneur.

Tom is most renowned for his role in transnational education, being awarded an honorary doctorate for his services to education by Middlesex University in 2001 and Columbia College, USA in 2005. He continues to invest in and quietly support the commercial sector and artists alike as he has done for over 20 years.

Tom has worked on over 100 albums as an engineer, producer and musician, and has been involved with the education and training of well over 60,000 students over 35 years. Since the sale of SAE Institute, Tom has been instrumental in the creation of Skyborne Airline Academy.

BEST OF THE BEST

SKYBORNE’S SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM HAVE HANDPICKED THE VERY BEST TALENT IN THE INDUSTRY TO PROVIDE BEST-IN-CLASS TRAINING AND SERVICE DELIVERY.

The Skyborne team have extensive experience in their field and are recognised within the industry for their achievements and contribution. Trainees thrive from the supportive team environment where their educational and pastoral needs are at the heart of every decision. Commitment to upholding the highest standards can be seen across the business from safety practices, through to support services. The Skyborne is more than just a flight school, the family feel is noted by all who visit, making for an unrivalled learning environment.

Locations

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

Vero Beach is the optimum place for your flight training journey with a 30 acre bespoke campus and 320 days per year of suitable weather. Our location offers a wide range of operational scenarios to test your piloting skills.

On site accommodation is newly refurbished, equipped with modern furniture and appliances, and conveniently located next to our flight training facility at Vero Beach Airport. On campus we have a pool and a variety of sports facilities available to all our trainees. We are located minutes away from the beach offering a great work-life balance to your training program.

A NEW PURPOSE-BUILT ACADEMY: GLOUCESTERSHIRE AIRPORT, UK

Skyborne’s head office and UK training facility is located at Gloucestershire Airport, which is considered to be one of the best equipped General Aviation airports in the UK. The airport has radar, instrument departures/arrivals and both non-precision and precision approaches plus RNAV capability. Geographically, Gloucestershire Airport is perfect for navigation exercises and “land aways”.

The training centre boasts five large classrooms, state-of-the-art flight simulators, a maintenance facility and a bespoke selection/assessment suite. The environment has been designed to optimise learning and mirror airline operations. There are lounge facilities and open-plan work zones so you can work to the best of your abilities in absolute comfort. All cabin crew training is delivered at this facility.

SKYBORNE

RESOURCES

The very best facilities and equipment to provide a truly immersive experience.

FLEET

During your time with us you will have access to a fleet of 50 strong Piper single and multi-engine aircraft. The vast majority of Warriors, Arrows and Seminoles are Garmin equipped. All aircraft are maintained to highest standards possible under the FAA Part 145 Progressive Maintenance Program.

SIMULATORS

As part of your program with us, you training will not only be a combination of classroom learning and flying our Piper fleet, you will also train on our two Aviation Training Devices in accordance with FAA 141 Regulations.

ACCOMMODATION

As well as taking training very seriously, we also value a trainee’s down time. Skyborne has a 314 bed, high quality accommodation complex on site, ensuring a comfortable environment for trainees to relax and thrive. Pastoral care is a high priority for Skyborne with dedicated personnel available for all non-training related needs. On campus we have a great swimming pool/BBQ area, soccer pitch, basketball court and a fleet of modern bikes – all supplied free of charge. Close by we have amazing beaches, parks and attractions such as Universal, Disney, Wet’n Wild and of course, the Kennedy Space Centre. Take in a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral!

Welcome to

SKYBORNE AIRLINE ACADEMY

Welcome to Skyborne Airline Academy. This introductory video will give you a brief overview of our courses, locations, facilities and equipment. Watch as our trainees take to the skies and develop their skills and knowledge at one of the World’s most innovative airline training academies. Find out how you could benefit from our courses.

PROUD TO BE WORKING
WITH THE BEST

The Skyborne management team have a vast amount of experience within the airline, military and flight training industry. A network of trusted relationships, coupled with the innovative, quality offering Skyborne brings to the market has been noted by the very best. We proudly partner with the world’s leading airlines, with a range of endorsements.

“An excellent set up, run by a highly experienced and motivated team, offering a relevant and focused training path towards entering commercial aviation.”

Ken Gillespie – Head of Training and Standards, Virgin Atlantic

“Skyborne academy is devoted to providing complete training and operational experience focused on leading industry learning techniques and technology. The customized training pathway offered by Skyborne will give the cadets an edge over others.”

Ashim Mitra – Flight Operations Chief, IndiGo

“I have worked with the leadership team at Skyborne on numerous occasions over several years. The knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment they bring to this venture is unparalleled. I have also visited the facilities at Skyborne and know them to be first class and state of the art. The combination of excellent location, superb facilities and above all a committed, experienced and enthusiastic team should give any student real confidence in the quality of instruction and experience from which they will benefit.”

Dave Cox – Head of Training, Titan Airways

ACCREDITATIONS

At Skyborne, we’re proud of the approvals we have achieved and we continue to expand as our offering grows. We work with organisations that understand our objectives in terms of delivering innovative solutions, placing customer needs at the very centre of everything we do.

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