Skyborne Airline Academy unveiled its newly refurbished training center in Vero Beach, Florida, with a grand opening ceremony. The facility was officially opened by Rick Monday, former Major League Baseball player and local resident of more than 20 years.
Skyborne began renovations shortly after acquiring the Vero Beach facility in May 2021, giving the training center a complete overhaul while navigating pandemic delays. Some of the key modifications to the building include upgraded Wi-Fi to download materials up to five times faster and Smart Boards in each training classroom for a seamless digital learning experience. Another new feature includes a trainee lounge with a canteen and coffee bar where cadets can relax or study between training sessions.
To minimize excess waste, the pilot shop where cadets can buy training equipment will be completely online, training materials will be almost exclusively digital and reusable coffee mugs and water bottles will be made available to all staff and cadets.
Lee Woodward, CEO, Skyborne says, “Skyborne’s mission is to be the best airline training academy in the world and state-of-the-art facilities to provide the highest-level training experience for our cadets forms an integral part of that mission. I am incredibly proud of how our Vero Beach training center has been brought up to this standard within our first year of operations and would like to thank everyone who dedicated their time, energy and resources to make this day possible.”
The grand opening began with a speech from Ed Davidson, managing director, Skyborne Vero Beach, followed by a ribbon cutting by Monday. Following the ceremony, VIP guests including Skyborne’s airline partners from Delta, United Airlines, SkyWest, Endeavor Air and Envoy Air along with the general public were invited to tour the building and speak with Skyborne leadership, instructors and cadets.
Davidson, managing, “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our team, we are happy to welcome everyone to the Vero Beach campus to see the results of the hard work that has taken place over the last year and get a glimpse of what the training experience at Skyborne will look like for our cadets. We are also very excited to have Mayor Brackett and former Chicago Cubs and LA Dodgers player Rick Monday join us to mark this special occasion.”