Gloucestershire airline training academy to buy training base in Florida


Skyborne Aviation Group Limited is to buy its first pilot training base in the United States in Vero Beach, Florida.

“Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach” will offer prospective pilots US FAA Part 141 approved training on a 13-month residential programme, as well as individual, part-time modules. It will also serve as a fair-weather base for Skyborne’s UK CAA Integrated ATPL programme, and welcome trainees from the Academy’s IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme as they complete their US FAA 141 CPL SEIR plus ME flying.

Lee Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Skyborne Aviation Group Limited, said: “This is a great day for Skyborne as we expand our global training footprint. Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach will deliver a unique value proposition to the US pilot training market, and we’ll soon share further information on our plans for this world-class facility. 

“With decades of experience in training and education, and long-standing relationships with the world’s leading airlines, our team of directors and staff are committed to attracting top US talent, building the number one flight training school in the country.”

Skyborne Airline Academy Vero Beach will open in spring 2021, offering approximately 320 flying days every year in the Florida skies. Located on a 10-acre site between Orlando and West Palm Beach, the academy is minutes from the coast and situated within reach of 137 airports state-wide. With over 200 recently renovated bedrooms, a swimming pool, soccer field, volleyball court, cafes and bookshops, trainees can enjoy a full campus experience.

Last July Gloucestershire Airport-based  Skyborne Airline Academy became the first UK pilot training school to place an order for the American company Bye Aerospace’s all-electric aircraft.