IndiGo cadet pilot program

Training the next generation of indigo First Officers

We are proud to support IndiGo, India’s leading airline, with the next generation of world-class First Officers. Train the Skyborne way through this exciting mentored airline program.

The IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program with Skyborne offers you an exciting route to the flight deck. With our US FAA-approved course, you will experience an international training experience with Skyborne that incorporates the very best training facilities, fleet and instruction available. On completion, you will receive dual-licences – FAA and DGCA. Having been selected by IndiGo from the start, you will receive support and a Letter of Intent to employ (LOI) from IndiGo Airlines.

Key Features

The benefits of training with Skyborne Airline Academy include :


Purpose built training centre and state-of-the-art simulators


The opportunity to train in Florida, with year round sunshine.


Fully-mentored pilot career development program to assist you every step of the way.


Training delivered at the world renowned Skyborne Airline Academy, Vero Beach, Florida.


Packaged competitive prices that cover everything you need to be successful in your training.


Learn from the most talented and respected instructors in the industry and receive a dual FAA and DGCA licence.

Course Breakdown and price


Our role is to identify talent and test capability. Our leadership team has a wealth of experience in selecting air crew using competency-based assessment tools. We screen for aptitude, attitude, motivation and resilience.

Combining proven and progressive methods to assess technical ability and non-technical skills creates some of the most accurate and stringent testing in the industry; essential when evaluating suitability for future careers.


This is a full-time, all-inclusive training program structured to give you everything you need as efficiently as possible. As such, our IndiGo pilot program includes :

Teacher led instruction in the classroom, on campus
The best training possible on our fleet of Piper aircraft and Redbird simulators
Written exam, flight license conversion, in India and a DGCA approved A320 type rating
Books, study guides, and computer-based training modules

learning schedule

You will begin your studies in India, before completing your flight training in Vero Beach, Florida USA over 12 months. One you have achieved your US FAA CPL SEIR, you will then head back to India and complete your DGCA flight conversion. You will then be sent for your final stage, your combined MCC and A320 Type Rating.

Start in India
Phase 1
(12 Months)
Phase 2
US FAA To India
DGCA Flight
License Conversion
(2 Months)
Phase 3
IndiGo Approved Type Rating Provider
Combined MCC & A320
Type Rating
(3 Months)

Selection Process

If you meet the mandatory education, nationality and age application requirements for the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program, you can register your interest by clicking the REGISTER INTEREST button.

Once submitted, one of our Flight Training Advisors will be in touch to ensure you are eligible to apply. If successful, you will be sent an application link for you to submit your application to join the cadet pilot program. 

Your application and documents will go through a screening process by our Recruitment Team. Once your application has been verified, you will be invited to take the Skyborne selection process, which is divided into three stages. 

There is a non-refundable one-time assessment fee that covers all three stages (providing you are successful at every stage). The selection process will start as soon as the GBP 250 assessment fee has been paid to Skyborne. 

Please note all stages are eliminatory rounds.

Stage One: You will be invited to a face-to-face assessment event in Delhi conducted by Skyborne. The assessment will include a variety of aptitude tests, English language and personality questionnaire using the Symbiotics platform.

Stage Two: Group Discussion conducted by IndiGo, in person.

Stage Three: Personal Interview with IndiGo, in person.

Once you clear all three stages, you will be offered a Letter of Intent by IndiGo for a place in the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program.

Course Requirements

You will be required to have achieved the following before you begin your training with Skyborne.

Applicants must possess an education level equivalent to 10+2 with at least 51% in each of English, Maths and Physics.

- Indian National or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) holder
- Eligible to hold a US Visa for the purpose of study at technical school (M1 visa)
- Hold, or be eligible to hold, an Indian passport with unrestricted rights to live and work in India and travel worldwide

You must hold a current and valid DGCA Class I Aviation Medical Certificate and obtain a US FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate before you commence your flight training.

You must be aged 18-32 on the first day of the selection process.

You must be fluent in English – both written and spoken. As a guide, you must be proficient enough to achieve IELTS level 5.5 minimum, or equivalent English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) test score.

We recommend you successfully complete all your DGCA CPL theory exams along with the Technical Specific Paper and Radio Telephony (RTR) exam, before you commence your flight training. However, if you have not completed these exams, or are in the process of doing so, don’t worry – you are still eligible to apply. If your application is successful and you pass the selection process, we will offer you a place on the training program and allow you time to complete your DGCA CPL theory exams with our SKYWORX India DGCA Distance Learning Program before you begin your flight training.

Hear from our graduates

Skyborne Graduate, Samuel Savio Gonsalves was one of our first group of IndiGo Cadets.

Play Video about Skyborne Graduate, Samuel Savio Gonsalves was one of our first group of IndiGo Cadets.

Angadjot was in our first cohort of students on the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program here at Skyborne.

Play Video about Angadjot was in our first cohort of students on the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program here at Skyborne.

Skyborne Graduate and the FIRST first female commercial pilot from Darjeeling!

Play Video about Skyborne Graduate and the FIRST first female commercial pilot from Darjeeling!

US Campus Tour

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Further Questions?

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