Graduates from the UK’s Skyborne Airline Academy can now start a new career as a drone pilot, thanks to a unique partnership with Flyby Technology, the leader in UK drone training and operation.

Recognising the short-term challenges that Covid-19 could present to airline placement, newly qualified pilots from Skyborne’s UKCAA/EASA Integrated and Combined Modular ATPL programmes will be hand-selected to join Flyby Technology as commercial drone pilots, completing the company’s Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) training course.

Lee Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Skyborne, commented: “This is a first for UK pilot training. Working with Flyby Technology provides a fantastic opportunity for our graduates to build a career flying unmanned aircraft, while enhancing their pilot skills, expanding their knowledge and further developing their professionalism.”

 Skyborne graduates who complete Flyby Technology’s BVLOS course will go on to be employed as drone pilots. The UKCAA is currently reviewing legislation for BVLOS flights in non-segregated airspace, enabling pilots to potentially carry out tactical search and rescue operations, humanitarian relief, mapping, and various medical applications.