Spirit Airlines to partner with Florida’s Wayman Aviation Academy

Spirit Airlines aircraft landing in Las Vegas
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Florida’s Wayman Aviation Academy has taken a step forward by forging a partnership with Spirit Airlines. As part of the Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program, this will provide graduates with easily accessible, local mentorship with Spirit Airlines pilots and a fast track to a career in aviation as a First Officer with the airline.

With a strong emphasis on Competency-Based Training & Assessment (CBTA), Wayman Aviation is poised to produce exceptional aviators, contributing to the alleviation of the pilot shortage that has been plaguing the industry.

The New Collaboration

South Florida’s Wayman Aviation Academy operates Competency-Based Training & Assessment (CBTA) programs as a premier regional flight training college.

This new partnership is unique in that it offers graduates an unparalleled opportunity for local mentorship directly from Spirit Airlines pilots.

Moreover, it charts an expedited pathway for aspiring aviators to embark on their aviation careers as First Officers with the airline.

Photo Credit: Spirit Airlines


Elevating Training with CBTA

What truly sets Wayman Aviation apart is its adoption of Competency-Based Training & Assessment (CBTA), a gold standard in flight training endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

This methodology revolutionizes the way future pilots are trained. Unlike conventional flight schools, where students follow a predefined curriculum, CBTA focuses on developing competency in specific skills.

This results in graduates who possess a higher level of proficiency and confidence, well-equipped to navigate the challenges of the aviation industry.

Wayman Aviation comments

Eduardo Luy, the Vice President of Wayman Aviation, underscores the significance of this collaboration, stating, “Our partnership with Spirit through its Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program highlights the level of trust airlines are placing in Wayman Aviation’s rigorous training standards.”

This sentiment is reinforced by the fact that Wayman Aviation is the sole flight college in the country to implement CBTA in partnership with an airline program.

Close-up of a Spirit Airlines jet.
Photo Credit: Spirit Airlines.

Addressing the Pilot Shortage

The aviation industry has been grappling with a shortage of skilled pilots, prompting innovative solutions. Wayman Aviation’s partnership with Spirit Airlines addresses this concern head-on.

By streamlining the transition from education to professional pilot, this program aims to meet the demand for qualified aviators more effectively.

Wayman Aviation’s R-ATP certification further accelerates this process, allowing graduates to join Spirit Airlines’ ranks sooner.

In addition to expediting career entry, Wayman Aviation’s collaboration with Spirit Airlines provides graduates with a competitive edge.

Armed with CBTA training and an associate’s degree in aviation sciences, these individuals are equipped with a comprehensive skill set that positions them for success.

The early exposure to advanced aviation safety principles through competency-based training gives Wayman Aviation graduates an advantage in the industry.

Innovation in Training

Tony Shen, President of Wayman Aviation, emphasizes the institution’s commitment to innovation, saying,

“As innovators at one of the best aviation colleges in the state, we have adopted a process called competency-based training which allows our students to be much more advanced in the principles of aviation safety at the early stages of their career compared to students from traditional flight schools.”

This forward-thinking approach reflects Wayman Aviation’s dedication to producing exceptional pilots.

A Synergetic Partnership

The partnership between Wayman Aviation and Spirit Airlines is not merely a collaboration; it’s a synergy of shared values and goals. With both entities headquartered in Broward County, Florida, a mere 15-minute distance apart, this partnership is also a celebration of their shared roots.

Wayman Aviation’s commitment to training the best pilots aligns seamlessly with Spirit Airlines’ mission to provide top-notch service.

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