Delta Air Lines has launched its new Delta Propel Flight Academy, the fourth pathway of its Propel Pilot Career Path Programme. The Propel Flight Academy, based at the newly refurbished 12,000-square-foot facility at Skyborne’s Vero Beach campus in Florida, will open in June 2023.

The flight academy will be operated in partnership with Skyborne Airline Academy and is part of Delta’s Propel Pilot Career Path Programme.

Once students have completed their first certificate at the Propel Flight Academy, they can apply to the Propel Pilot Career Path programme. Once they have completed flight instructor training, in this new role, students can train at Skyborne under a full scholarship, for Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multi Engine Instructor Rating, until the 1,500 hours needed are achieved.

Upon completion of the programme, cadets will graduate and gain employment as first officers, and serve on one of Delta Connection’s carriers, operating regional short-to-mid haul routes.

“The Propel Flight Academy is the latest chapter in our longstanding commitment to invest in and create new, equitable pathways for qualified talent to enter the pilot profession,” said Patrick Burns, Vice President of Flight Operations and System Chief Pilot at Delta. “We look forward to watching a new generation of pilots begin their journey at the Propel Flight Academy and eventually join us in the flight deck to help show Delta customers why no one better connects the world.”

Students at the flight academy will be eligible to receive up to US$20,000 in financial support from Delta, with the airline also covering the cost of interest for student loans, from select lenders.

“At Skyborne, every aspect of our training is designed to prepare students for airline operations in terms of core knowledge and decision-making, flight deck procedures and professionalism,” said Lee Woodward, CEO, Skyborne Airline Academy.

“Our team is looking forward to taking Delta Propel Flight Academy students through their pilot training journey and into their chosen career with a global airline leader who shares the same values as us in training and customer experience.”

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