Propel Flight Academy | Delta Air Lines Opens Exciting New Pilot Career Pathway

Delta Propel Flight Academy, an educational institution established by Delta Air Lines in collaboration with Skyborne Airline Academy, commenced its inaugural course at Skyborne’s Vero Beach, Florida campus. The academy provides top-notch instruction, training equipment, and mentoring guidance from Delta pilots.

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is one of the primary airlines in the United States. It is known for being one of the oldest airlines in the world, founded in 1925 (98 years ago). The company ranks first among commercially owned airlines by revenue and second as the world’s second-largest airline. Today, the carrier operates from nine hubs: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York (at JFK Airport and LaGuardia Airport), Salt Lake City, and Seattle. As of 2021, the company maintains a fleet of 797 aircraft. The corporation’s scale and operational requirements necessitate the ability to train its pilots.

In 2018, Delta Airlines launched the Propel program. The program aims to select and train new pilots for the company. The concept behind the program is to complement the existing paths to becoming a pilot and to assist the company’s employees who have a passion for aviation. The latest expansion of this initiative is the Propel Flight Academy, which officially opened this month.

Delta airlines
Delta is one of the biggest airlines in the United States. ⓒ Mertbiol

Propel Flight Academy

The primary benefit of enrolling in the Propel Flight Academy is the company’s commitment to extending a conditional job offer to each program graduate. Additionally, accomplished students are presented with a job prospect at Skyborne Airline Academy, a training provider in collaboration with Propel Flight Academy. The recently inaugurated academy offers several potential educational pathways.

Collegiate Pilot

The first career path is tailored for university students partnered with Delta Propel. These students will receive instruction at their respective universities. Successful students will be presented with a Qualified Job Offer.

Company Pilot

The second career path is formulated for Delta employees. It is designed to enable internal candidates to attain flight certifications and accrue experience as crew members. Each employee on this career path will be paired with a mentor from Delta’s pilots. Additionally, an extended Leave of Absence program is available to all pilots.

Delta Air Lines opens Propel Flight Academy
Delta Air Lines opens the new academy. ⓒ Ben Rose

Other opportunities

Delta also offers similar educational opportunities to its partner organizations, its subsidiary (Endeavor Air), and individuals who have interned with the company in the past two years. These opportunities are grouped under the category “Community Paths.”

The Delta Propel Flight Academy is set to welcome its inaugural class this year. Interested candidates can already start the application process for the course.

Are you interested in becoming a pilot? Have you applied for this or a similar programme? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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