An update on training and applications during COVID-19

March 25, 2020


The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a fast-developing situation for the aviation industry, and we are doing all we can to maintain the maximum safety of our valued staff, trainees and their loved ones.

We are following strict government guidelines across our locations in the UK, the United States and India. Where directed by the government in each locality, we have temporarily closed our bases and have adjusted our flying schedule in line with this advice.

This doesn’t mean we have stopped training. During this period, we have moved to virtual classrooms and remote learning and support. We have confirmed with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) that ground school lessons undertaken remotely during this time will be credited, counting towards the 750 hours of theoretical knowledge training completed by our Integrated and Modular ATPL trainees.

If you are considering a career as an airline pilot, be assured you can still apply now. We are hosting interviews via video call and online assessments can be completed to prevent any hold up in the applications process.

We have shared an Online Open Day on our social channels to enable you to virtually visit us during this time. The video provides a behind-the-scenes look at our state-of-the-art facilities, aircraft and simulators in Gloucestershire, as we answer the questions you may have about your pilot training.

This month we also launched our Skills Continuation Training programme. This refresher training is designed to support graduates by helping them to maintain their skills and keep them fully prepared for airline selection. Trainees entering our Integrated ATPL course today will be supported until the end of 2022.

At Skyborne, we’re doing all we can to provide support to affected pilots and trainees, whilst providing opportunities for prospective students. If you are thinking about a career in aviation, please do not be deterred by current events. The aviation industry is very resilient. In my more than 30-year career I have seen aviation undergo and recover from several crises, including the global financial crisis and SARS and I am confident we will emerge stronger.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Lee Woodward
CEO, Skyborne Airline Academy