FAA 141 PROGRAM

Our FAA 141 program will guide you along the path to becoming a fully-qualified Certified Flight Instructor.

Overview

HOW TO BECOME A PILOT FROM COMPLETE BEGINNER, THIS IS YOUR AIRLINE PATHWAY

You don’t require any previous flying experience to apply, because you’ll learn to fly the Skyborne way. Our unique training methods provide you with the knowledge, skill and professional attitude needed, setting you up to embark on a career as a professional airline pilot.

Our revered Part 141 program is a quality, FAA approved training program that delivers professional flight training using well proven airline focussed methodologies. Owing to the superior curriculum, facilities and resources offered on Skyborne’s Part 141 program, trainees normally complete in fewer hours, making for an efficient training pathway. With Skyborne, you’ll be working with the most talented and respected instructors in the industry. The training is delivered in an airline-focused way and in a professional and safe environment.
At Skyborne we understand the need to train you to highest possible standard in the safest and most efficient way. We also want you to love your time with us.

All information about the training program, entry requirements, selection process, accommodation and pricing can be found below. Please read through everything before applying on this page and please contact us should you have any questions before making your application.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once you are ready to apply, simply use one of the “Apply Now” links on this page. You will then be asked to complete the online application form and, subject to you meeting the entry requirements, you will be invited to complete the online elements of the Skyborne selection process.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

WHAT YOU NEED TO START YOUR JOURNEY

First, you must be at least 18 years old on the first day of flight school and hold a valid passport, U.S Permanent Resident or Green Card or for international candidates, be eligible to hold a M1 visa.

EDUCATIONAL

Applicants must possess an education level equivalent to a U.S. High School diploma or higher. Education not obtained in the U.S. or at an IBO school must be certified as equivalent to a U.S High School diploma. This can be done through a member of NACES at www.naces.org/members.html. International education documents must be submitted in English or translated and certified.

MEDICAL

A current and valid FAA 1st Class Medical Certificate is required before the commencement of training. For further details please visit www.faa.gov or www.flightphysical.com

LANGUAGE

You must be fluent in English – both written and spoken. As a guide, you must be proficient enough to achieve ICAO Level 4.

DOCUMENTATION

To meet regulatory requirements we will also require that you provide evidence U.S birth certificate (as appropriate), valid U.S drivers license and proof of financial accountability and bank letters. You will also be required to obtain a FAA Student Pilot Certificate or IACRA information. Those applying as international students or U.S permanent residents will also be required to register with the TSA.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Skyborne selection process is insightful and supportive. You will benefit from a fair and objective selection process that assesses the necessary skills and attributes to be successful through flight training and into a commercial flying career. We feel a duty of care to all applicants, protecting your investment and setting you up for success from the very beginning. There is no fee for the selection process.

The process starts by completing a review of your online application. Subject to you meeting our entry criteria stated above, you will be invited to complete our online selection process. This is a series of psychometric, numeracy and aptitude assessments that you can complete from home at a time that is convenient for you

We use the AON Pilot Assessment tool to help determine, whether or not you have the core competencies needed to successfully commence the Part 141 program with us . You will also be invited to complete a 40-minute online video interview with one of our experienced pilot assessors.

Click here to download a PDF information pack on the entire selection process.

Unlike most flight schools, we do not charge for selection.

Ready to apply? Before you start, please ensure you have access to the following:

  • Valid passport or other proof that you have the legal right to live and work in the U.S
  • All details of educational achievements, including education establishments, dates attended, subjects and grades achieved
  • Details of any work experience, including dates and company details
  • Proof of English language proficiency (where English is not your native language)
  • A contact number and personal email address
  • Details of any previous flying experience, including license and hours flown

The process will only take around 15 minutes and you will need to complete the form in one sitting, so please ensure you have enough time.

TRAINING FOOTPRINT

PREPARING YOU FOR AIRLINE OPERATIONS EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

Skyborne’s Part 141 program guides you through every stage of training in a quality and time efficient manner. Your performance and progress is monitored and supported by our team ensuring you get the very best results and preparing you for the realities of your commercial career ahead.

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The Part 141 program combines both theoretical and practical learning at every phase, with regular progress checks and feedback opportunities. We accept applications year round and courses are no larger than 20. Total course duration is 52 weeks and is broken down into 5 distinct phases as shown below:

DURATION: 12 WEEKS
Vero Beach, FL

PHASE 1: Private Pilot Certification Course

Your training will start with your Private Pilot Certification. This will commence with 66 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction and an FAA written exam. During the program you will complete a total of 35 hours flying the Piper Warrior, 5 hours of which will be solo! The blend of theory and practical flight training onsite allows you to master the fundamentals of flight, which serves as the foundation of aeronautical knowledge and skills that you will carry into the more advanced phases of training and throughout your entire flying career.

DURATION:  1 – 10 WEEKS
Vero Beach, FL

PHASE 2: Commercial Foundation Stage 1

Primarily this phase consists of VFR solo time building and scheduled dual flights with instructor to build skills and proficiency from private pilot towards a commercial pilot level. Cross country flights are included as well as longer range navigation and night flying. This is a really exciting phase of the course that builds your confidence with solo flights all over the State of Florida and southern Georgia. You will gain an extensive amount of practical flying experience in this phase, with 26.5 hours dual and 50 hours of solo flying, plus 13 hours of simulator time in the AATD onsite device.

DURATION: 9 WEEKS
Vero Beach, FL

PHASE 3: Instrument and Commercial Foundation 2

You will soon progress to the Instrument phase, where you will continue building on your commercial foundation and learn how to fly and navigate the aircraft solely by reference to instruments under instrument flight rules. 52 hours will be spent learning in the classroom, as well as extensive flight briefings. You will continue dual flying the Piper Warrior during this phase (41.6 hours) and also incorporate some simulator time on our AATD onsite device (14 hours).
As with your Private Pilot Course, there will be a written and practical exam to complete.

DURATION: 7 WEEKS
Vero Beach, FL

PHASE 4: Commercial Single-Engine Certification Course

At this stage we return to VFR and consolidate all your commercial skills, knowledge and prepare for the commercial pilot certification. 48 hours of theory is completed at this stage of training, continually building on your previous knowledge and insight. During the Commercial phase you will complete significantly more flying hours on the Piper Warrior with 26.5 hours of dual and 50 hours of solo flying. More time on the simulator will also be completed (23.5 hours). You will also transition onto a new aircraft type during this stage of training – the more advanced retractable-gear single-engine Piper Arrow (20 hours). There is a written exam and practical exam in this phase of training to complete commercial certification.

DURATION: 4 WEEKS
Vero Beach, FL

PHASE 5: Commercial Multi-Engine Certification Course

During this stage you will complete 15 hours of theoretical training and continuing to build your flying experience, this time on the twin-engine Piper Seminole G500 (19 hours). Further simulator time is also incorporated (7.5 hours). You will learn the handling characteristics of a twin-engine aircraft in both two engine and one engine inoperative flight. You will receive extensive training on both normal and abnormal procedures, which will enable you to properly operate a multi engine aircraft under both visual flight rules and instrument flight rules.

DURATION: 10 WEEKS
Vero Beach, FL

PHASE 6: Certified Flight Instructor

Initially you will complete 3 weeks of ground school, two written exams, followed by 25 hours flying. Here you will learn the fundamentals of instruction, the psychology of how people learn and improve your own aeronautical knowledge level to that required of an instructor. The practical side of the training will teach you how to provide effective flight instruction both on the ground and in-flight, how to teach and demonstrate manoeuvres, how to analyse common trainee errors and how to correct them.

Location

VERO BEACH, FLORIDA, US

You will complete your training at our high-quality Vero Beach training facility, making use of our premium equipment and highly experienced instructor team. Our fair-weather climate means that it is always good time to join us!

Skyborne accommodation options may be available subject to capacity.

For more information, please visit Accommodation Name‘s website.

FINANCE AND FUNDING

The fully inclusive price for the Part 141 program with Skyborne is $74,488.

This includes:

  • all instructional time as per the approved syllabus
  • uniform
  • equipment including headset, iPad, ForeFlight and books
  • drug testing fees

Onsite accommodation can be provided for an additional fee.

FUNDING OPTIONS

Learning to fly can be expensive, which is why we are delighted to be working with a number of institutions to provide a range of funding solutions.

Sallie Mae Student Loan

Skyborne trainees may now apply to receive funding up to the full amount of their flight training through the Sallie Mae Training Smart Options student loans. For full details relating to eligibility and to apply please click here.

AOPA Flexible Aviation Loan Resources

AOPA Finance offer aviation loan resources that removes the cost barrier for trainees looking to start and complete their flight training. For full details relating to eligibility and to apply please click here.

There are also scholarship opportunities that you might like to consider. Click on the links below to visit each site and learn more about eligibility.

Federal Aviation Administration

EAA

The Ninety-Nines

Money 2 Fly

Women in Aviation

VA Benefits

SKYBORNE GUARANTEE

This is a form of “money-back guarantee”, which is offered to trainees on the FAA Part 141 program. The Skyborne Guarantee covers an element of training overrun and financial cover in the unlikely event you do not complete your training program due to performance reasons. For more detailed information, speak to the Skyborne sales team.
When called for an airline opportunity, Skyborne’s experienced Graduate Placement Team will help to fully prepare you for airline selection.

FAQs

How soon should I begin the process of applying?

We recommend that you start the application process 2-3 months in advance. We will stop accepting applications 15 business days prior to the scheduled start date.

How accurate is the estimated timeline?

We do our best to make the estimated timeline as accurate as possible. However, external factors can sometimes impact schedules and we will make every attempt to get as close to the estimated timeline as possible.

Do trainees wear uniform?

Yes, all trainees and instructors wear uniforms at Skyborne. The cost of this is included in your course fees and you will be fitted for your uniform during your first week with us. Please ensure that you provide black shoes and belt.

What equipment will I train on?

All training tools, classrooms, aircraft and training devices are located on site at Vero Beach and are exclusively for Skyborne trainees use. We have a fleet of 50 single and multi-engine aircraft as well as 2 FRASCA ATDs.

What careers are available at Skyborne post training?

Skyborne will regularly be looking for flight instructors to join our team, providing you with the opportunity to build your hours further before joining a commercial airline. When nearing the completion of your training with us, we will make you aware of any such vacancies that you might like to consider.

What is the weather like?

You can expect conditions suitable for year-round flying at Vero Beach. Summers throughout the state are long, very warm, and fairly humid. Winters are mild with periodic invasions of cool to occasionally cold air. Coastal areas in all sections of Florida average slightly warmer temperatures in winter and cooler ones in summer.

AIRLINE PLACEMENT

AT SKYBORNE WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING YOU WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE PROSPECTS OF PLACEMENT WITH A PARTNER AIRLINE.

Upon course completion you will have access to our graduate placement team, which will seek to capitalise on existing relations with America’s leading airlines. Your training program is designed with airline operations in mind. Whether it is airline-style briefings, aircraft handling techniques, threat and error management or simply the uniform you wear, your skills, knowledge and professional development are managed with airline placement constantly in mind.
You will also gain access to the alumni website that brings together many previous graduates from across the full breadth of our global training programs.