Skyborne Airline Academy is launching a Skills Continuation Training in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak. The Skyborne programme supports graduates who suffer delays in securing airline placements because of coronavirus. 

The refresher training provides continuous support and mentoring by an experienced flight instructor. It also includes two hours of instructor-led training in Skyborne’s DA42 simulator every three months.

Skyborne will also cover the cost and complete graduates’ first Instrument Rating (IR) revalidation (required one year after completing original IR). In addition, when a graduate is called for selection by a partner airline, Skyborne will provide selection preparation training. This includes two hours flight instruction in the B737 MAX simulator.

"We want to ensure Skyborne is doing everything it can to help the aviation industry in this current uncertain phase," said Lee Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Skyborne.

"We want to reach out to those who are currently thinking of a career in aviation and ask them not to be deterred by the current climate.

"The aviation industry has seen several challenges in its long history, including the global financial crisis and SARS. Our industry is very resilient, and we will continue to nurture the next generation of airline pilots at Skyborne." 

Besides the Skills Continuation Training, Skyborne has launched a package of support for former Flybe pilots.

Ex-Flybe pilots can apply for a specialist Skyborne sponsored flight instructor programme. Those pursuing airline roles can sign up to receive two hours of free time in Skyborne’s Boeing 737 MAX simulator. This allows  preparation for the simulator assessment phase of any future job interview.   

Skyborne Airline Academy is based at Gloucestershire Airport in the United Kingdom.