Woodward said. “We want to ensure that the highest
standard of teaching, safety and relevant airline style
training is maintained and interactive instruction en-
Skyborne wants its student to develop a professional
pilot mindset early on. “Airline crew training should be
as much about building strength of character as develop-
ing the skills and knowledge required to succeed in this
diverse and challenging industry,” Woodward said.
Before the student pilot goes flying, he or she also
must look at all aspects of the upcoming flight through
a risk-based analysis.
Included in Skyborne’s training solutions package is
the UK’s first Boeing 737 MAX FTD- 1 (Level D) full-flight simulator. Prospective pilots also are expected to
spend some training periods at California Aeronautical
University and Florida Institute of Technology.
“Skyborne [now] offers modular ATPL courses and
will soon offer EASA Integrated ATPL, as well as military conversion courses,” Cooper said.
Te Skyborne EASA Integrated ATPL (from beginner to airline pilot) program will provide an in-depth,
three-phase ground and flight instruction. Te 65-week
course costs £95,000 ($124,000). Pilot candidates must
be at least 18 years old on the first day of instruction,
have a current EASA-approved class-one medical and be
proficient in English.
Ryanair forms pilot-training partnership
Irish LCC Ryanair has formed a cadet-pilot train- ing partnership with Cork-based flying school Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA), which
will train up to 450 Ryanair pilots over the next five
The Ryanair-mentored pilot program will create
up to 50 new jobs and help support the airline’s
European growth plans.
Ryanair said AFTA training lasts 16 months,
creating a “structured path” to a pilot’s licence us-
ing Ryanair procedures and readying trainees for the
airline’s Boeing 737 type-rating program.
“This new Ryanair-AFTA program will provide
the airline with a steady pipeline of talented and
professional pilots from around Europe to meet the
needs of our growing network. Ryanair will hire up
to 1,000 pilots per annum over the next five years,”
Ryanair head of crew training Andy O’Shea said.
O’Shea added that AFTA was selected for its
high standards in initial flight training and multi-
crew cooperation (MCC) training. “This combina-
tion will be the best possible preparation for an
airline career with Ryanair,” he said.
The training partnership follows Ryanair’s fall
2017 crew-scheduling crisis, which caused the
cancellation of thousands of flights and ultimately
forced Ryanair to recognize unions—which the Irish
LCC had previously resisted.
At the launch of the AFTA program, Ryanair
stressed the benefits that the airline ofers pilots,
including "five days on, four days of" scheduling,
as well as captain’s pay levels of up to €200,000