ABOVE: The current cohort, CP33, five years on from the school’s first students in 2019

Skyborne Airline Academy is celebrating five years of its flagship Integrated Airline Transport Pilot (ATPL) programme, with its Gloucestershire-based course described by the academy as ‘a cornerstone of Skyborne’s commitment to providing premier aviation training’.

“I feel very proud of what we have achieved in five short years,” said Lee Woodward, CEO of Skyborne. “From the academy’s formation, building bespoke training facilities, acquiring aircraft and simulators and welcoming our first trainees, to where we are today; the journey has been remarkable”. Since receiving approval from the UK CAA in 2019, Skyborne’s Integrated ATPL is now catering to its 33th cohort, with its next group CP34 due to commence training at the end of the month.

Carla Booth, Skyborne’s Commercial Director, commented: “Witnessing our trainees go on to become first and second officers has been incredibly fulfilling. Our growing airline partnerships with British Airways, IndiGo, Delta Air Lines and SkyWest, among others, are testament to our commitment to helping our graduates thrive”. 90% of Skyborne’s graduates have secured airline placements to date.

Skyborne was also appointed as the official UK partner for British Airway’s Speedbird pathway, the only training provider to offer training for both BA’s fully-funded Speedbird Pilot Academy as well as self-sponsored pathways. The company’s Gloucestershire based training school also now works in tandem with the US academy at Vero Beach, Florida.