# Speedbird Pilot Academy - Funded

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> think my odds atp must be about 1 to 2 or 1 to 3 with the amount of applicants left.

> today BA announces that they're now taking on 100 people to the scheme instead of 70.....

The odds are now looking in whoever-is-left's favour...

Best of luck to you all

> today BA announces that they're now taking on 100 people to the scheme instead of 70.....

The odds are now looking in whoever-is-left's favour...

Best of luck to you all

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That announcement was very interesting - I was doing some 'calculations' based on the final interview dates.

I believe there are 9 dates for Skyborne and 5 dates for FTE - I was thinking there are 8 candidates per day (based on what is said in the what to expect about the interview part)

I'd guess that is 72 skyborne candidates, and 40 FTE left. Although my guessing could be well out if they now have 100 spaces.

If there were 16 people a day then there are 224 people to be interviewed and then that's a 45% chance at being successful. (if there are 8 a day, then 90% chance)

The odds are looking good, so now its time to do more prep to increase my odds!!

Good luck to all remaining

I believe there are 9 dates for Skyborne and 5 dates for FTE - I was thinking there are 8 candidates per day (based on what is said in the what to expect about the interview part)

I'd guess that is 72 skyborne candidates, and 40 FTE left. Although my guessing could be well out if they now have 100 spaces.

If there were 16 people a day then there are 224 people to be interviewed and then that's a 45% chance at being successful. (if there are 8 a day, then 90% chance)

The odds are looking good, so now its time to do more prep to increase my odds!!

Good luck to all remaining

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I believe there are 9 dates for Skyborne and 5 dates for FTE - I was thinking there are 8 candidates per day (based on what is said in the what to expect about the interview part)

I'd guess that is 72 skyborne candidates, and 40 FTE left. Although my guessing could be well out if they now have 100 spaces.

If there were 16 people a day then there are 224 people to be interviewed and then that's a 45% chance at being successful. (if there are 8 a day, then 90% chance)

The odds are looking good, so now its time to do more prep to increase my odds!!

Good luck to all remaining

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I wonder if Skyborne will increase the number of Speedbird cadets per course, maybe to 15cadets: 5 self-funded so that there are 45 cadets over a 6 month period instead of the initial 30? if the numbers we're thinking are correct the FTE guys are pretty much through, unless they do something to convince BA otherwise.

For everyone at the final stages it is very good news, although it will make it far worse to be unsuccessful at this stage knowing they have increased the number of places and reaching the final hurdle.

It would definitely be interesting to know the actual number of people still in at this stage and the split of spaces at each ATO

For everyone at the final stages it is very good news, although it will make it far worse to be unsuccessful at this stage knowing they have increased the number of places and reaching the final hurdle.

It would definitely be interesting to know the actual number of people still in at this stage and the split of spaces at each ATO

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Assuming there was 70 places beforehand, and now there's 100, that means that there's an extra 15 places going, per flight school. (Assuming it's distributed equally). As, if you say, there is around 40 people left for FTE, then that would mean (35+15 = 50) places left, that everyone at fte would have a place, presuming they met the requirements? Almost insane odds😅. Unless my maths is wrong or it's an uneven distribution between skybourne and fte then my goodness those are the best odds I've ever bare witness to.

Skybourne 50

FTE 20

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Been told by Skyborne that there will be between 8-12 candidates on each course, with courses commencing in March, April, May, July, August, September

Also on the number making it to the final assessment - I am reliably told that BA were initially planning to bring c.150 to the final stage (from both FTO combined) when there were 70 places. I cannot imagine they would lower that number to the 120 calculated above especially when there are now more places. I am operating under the assumption that there will be 16 candidates on each day, so 240 total left. Another piece of evidence which points towards this is the "Networking" section of the information doc which states "It is important that candidates do not discuss the activities with each other". This to me implies that there will be 2x groups of 8 sitting the different sections at different times.

I could of course be completely wrong as well! But as I say, can't imagine they'll have lowered the number of candidates whilst increasing the number of places.

Also on the number making it to the final assessment - I am reliably told that BA were initially planning to bring c.150 to the final stage (from both FTO combined) when there were 70 places. I cannot imagine they would lower that number to the 120 calculated above especially when there are now more places. I am operating under the assumption that there will be 16 candidates on each day, so 240 total left. Another piece of evidence which points towards this is the "Networking" section of the information doc which states "It is important that candidates do not discuss the activities with each other". This to me implies that there will be 2x groups of 8 sitting the different sections at different times.

I could of course be completely wrong as well! But as I say, can't imagine they'll have lowered the number of candidates whilst increasing the number of places.

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Ultimately we're all speculating but I imagine it will become clear on the day how many are left, and I'm sure they will give an update on course dates/numbers for each process individually - assuming they have indeed changed.

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Also on the number making it to the final assessment - I am reliably told that BA were initially planning to bring c.150 to the final stage (from both FTO combined) when there were 70 places. I cannot imagine they would lower that number to the 120 calculated above especially when there are now more places. I am operating under the assumption that there will be 16 candidates on each day, so 240 total left. Another piece of evidence which points towards this is the "Networking" section of the information doc which states "It is important that candidates do not discuss the activities with each other". This to me implies that there will be 2x groups of 8 sitting the different sections at different times.

I could of course be completely wrong as well! But as I say, can't imagine they'll have lowered the number of candidates whilst increasing the number of places.

I'd say 240 is far too many. There were only 7 at my last stage, and I think that was about average for the 2 weeks spread. Only 3 of my 7 made it through. I think there was about 160 left for the Skyborne pool last stage, and I'd say that there are about 70-90 left for either 50-60 jobs. 8-10 per day. I think the standard has been that high that they have increased the number of spaces and that the odds are really just that good!

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I'd say 240 is far too many. There were only 7 at my last stage, and I think that was about average for the 2 weeks spread. Only 3 of my 7 made it through. I think there was about 160 left for the Skyborne pool last stage, and I'd say that there are about 70-90 left for either 50-60 jobs. 8-10 per day. I think the standard has been that high that they have increased the number of spaces and that the odds are really just that good!

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When you say your “last stage” do you mean the interview you done at Waterside prior to the final assessments coming up?

Them numbers seem good. I would have imagined there’d have only been a max of around 10-12 on each day of the final assessment.

As the initial jobs split was higher for Skybourne, I’d imagine their pool is bigger than FTE (also by the fact there’s more dates for final assessment for skybourne compared to FTE).

If your roundabout estimate for Skybournes 70-90, I’d imagine FTE would have to be at most 60-80.

So fair average being about 150 left in contention for up to 100 spaces.

With them numbers, it’s looking at about 10-11 candidates on final stage per day. Which would make the most sense for interviewers to really be able to judge and get an opinion on someone, compared to if there was 20+.

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When did you sit your Skyborne assessment? At my one towards the end of the 3 weeks, I would say there were at least 25 people there (morning + afternoon sessions combined). We were also told at the presentation that there were around 300 Skyborne candidates invited to the interview stage in total - would estimate 150-200 from FTE given the split of places. The 240 figure I cited is just what I think their MAXIMUM capacity would be for the 3 weeks - it is likely as you say that the reality will be less (maybe closer to / just under 200). So the odds do look good!

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After the interview and subsequent rejection email I have received a couple of emails from Skyborne promoting their ATPL course. Unfortunately for me, the appeal for this scheme and one of the main points of it was that it was for those that don't have the funds required to self-sponsor. I don't have the funds and never will have the funds.

I get why they're doing it, they're a business but still.

Had anyone else who was rejected received feedback yet from the interviews?

I get why they're doing it, they're a business but still.

Had anyone else who was rejected received feedback yet from the interviews?

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Good luck everyone!