Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk flies high for Skyborne Airline Academy

Alex Chalk at Skyborne Airline Academy

Last week he was promoted to the office of Solicitor General by Boris Johnson, and this week he’s still flying high after visiting Skyborne Airline Academy, a modern airline training school based at Gloucestershire Airport.

Alex Chalk, the MP for Cheltenham, visited the school’s open day for prospective airline pilots where he experienced a flight in Skyborne’s Boeing 737 MAX FTD simulator. Alex Chalk is pictured with Ewan Marshalsay, a trainee approaching the end of his Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) with Skyborne after moving to Gloucestershire from Carmarthenshire. 

Skyborne Airline Academy is a modern airline training academy based at Gloucestershire Airport and Vero Beach, Florida, United States (editor – I know which airport I’d rather learn to fly at!).

Founders Tom Misner (chairman), Lee Woodward (CEO) and Ian Cooper (COO) have 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.

In July, the airline academy became the first UK pilot training school to place an order for the American company Bye Aerospace’s all-electric aircraft.

Producing zero CO2 emissions and using clean, renewable energy; six eFlyer 2 and four eFlyer 4 planes will be added to Skyborne’s growing fleet. Bye Aerospace estimates the eFlyer will eliminate 5 million metric tons of CO2 generated every year during airline pilot training worldwide.

Skyborne goes electric and orders 10 Bye Aerospace eFlyers