Delta Air Lines launches Propel Flight Academy; classes to start June 2023

If you’re interested in becoming a commercial pilot, we have some good news. Delta Air Lines is launching a pilot academy dedicated to training the airline’s next generation of aviators. 

Called The Propel Flight Academy, it will be operated in partnership with training provider Skyborne Airline Academy, and will be based at a newly refurbished 12,000-square-foot facility situated within Skyborne’s campus in Vero Beach, Florida.

The academy is the fourth pathway type created for aspiring pilots by Delta’s Propel Pilot Career Path Program since it began in 2018. 

According to the airline, nearly 100 participants have completed Propel’s existing pathway programs and are now flying for Delta, while another 700 pilots are currently enrolled in the course.

Delta also said that it is able to grant up to $20,000 in financial support to eligible students. The airline will also cover the cost of interest on student loans from select lenders.

“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,” Patrick Burns, Delta’s vice president of flight operations and system chief pilot said in a statement

“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,” Burns added.

How the program works

Students will complete private, instrument, commercial and certified flight instructor training, delivered in an airline-focused way. 

Once students have completed their first certificate or rating at the Propel Flight Academy, they will be eligible to apply to the Propel Pilot Career Path Program. Those selected will be required to meet certain performance milestones throughout training. 

Once students have successfully completed certified flight instructor training, they will be offered employment with Skyborne as a certified flight instructor. 

In that role, they will receive full sponsorship from Skyborne for Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multi Engine Instructor Rating, as well as salary and private health benefits, until they reach 1,500 hours. 

Upon completion, employment will begin at one of Delta’s Connection Carriers as a first officer.

First classes at Propel Flight Academy will begin in June 2023. Delta is currently taking applications. 

More information about the program can be found here

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