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Delta Air Lines Launches Propel Flight Academy for Future Pilots
In partnership with Skyborne Airline Academy, Delta will launch their Propel Pilot Career Path Program for aspiring pilots in June. Students can now apply to begin training at the Vero Beach, FL facility, with Delta offering up to $20,000 in financial support fior eligible students.
On Tuesday (March 21, 2023), Delta Air Lines announced the June 2023 launch of their Propel Pilot Career Path Program for aspiring pilots, operated in partnership with Skyborne Airline Academy. Candidates can now apply to attend the academy in Vero Beach, Florida, with Delta providing eligible students with up to $20,000 in financial support. Delta will also cover the interest on student loans from select lenders. The Propel Flight Academy will be based in a newly refurbished 12,000 square-foot facility at Skyborne’s Vero Beach, Florida campus. The academy is the fourth pilot pathway created by the Propel Pilot Career Path program since its inception in 2018. Thus far, nearly 100 candidates have completed Propel’s existing Company, College and Community pathway programs and are now flying with Delta, while another 700 are enrolled.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Delta’s VP – Flight Operations and System Chief Pilot, Patrick Burns, said,
“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. 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.”
Also commenting on the launch of the Propel Flight Academy, Skyborne Airline Academy’s CEO, Lee Woodward, said,
“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. 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.”
While at the academy, student pilots will complete private, instrument, commercial and certified flight instructor training. After completing their first certificate or rating at the Propel Flight Academy, they will be eligible to apply for the Propel Pilot Career Path Program. Those selected will be required to meet performance milestones throughout training. Once students successfully complete certified flight instructor training, they will be offered employment with Skyborne as a Certified Flight Instructor. In that role, they will receive a generous salary and private health insurance, and will be fully sponsored by Skyborne for Certified Flight Instrument and Multi-Engine Instructor Rating. After reaching 1,500 flight hours, employment will begin at one of Delta’s Connection carriers as First Officer. Interested candidates can learn more about, and/or apply for acceptance into the Propel Flight Academy by clicking here.
Source: Delta Air Lines