Our Story

Originally founded in 2014 under the name of PILOTNICK Publishing, Ltd., a Denver, Colorado Company. We wrote and published a single product known as The Complete CFI Binder Series. A Teachers Manual for Flight Instructor Certification. In early 2019, PILOTNICK Publishing was rebranded as Divergent Aerospace, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Company. This rebrand was necessary as we as a company collectively began to grow in other areas of Aviation Education and Training. 

For more details on our name change and rebrand. Please read our full Press Release.

We exist to develop specialized training content for aviation students who crave clear and concisely structured training material, who have the desire to be taught the fundamental concepts of flight using creative, innovative, training techniques. We develop Online Courses, Textbooks, and other training materials for Pilot Certification. We create products that teach our clients' what they need to know, and want to know, without over complicating what is being taught.

We are a small company run by a group of professional pilots and normal people (non-pilots) who are passionate about training the future generation of pilots that will inevitably replace us. Our content has been developed by individuals who’ve “been there, done that.” As our leadership has worked in many facets of the civilian and military aerospace industry: In both flying and non-flying capacities. We have diverged from our careers as professional airline pilots to professionally teach the future generation of pilots.

We take a radically different approach to aerospace education. As out-of-the-box thinkers, we exist to create a divergence or shift in the Aviation Education Certification and Training Industry. Creative Thinking and Innovation are the two fundamentals of our company.

The word “Divergent” is defined as “moving or extending in different directions from a common point” and “differing from each other or from a standard.” At Divergent Aerospace, our mission is to Inspire Greatness by diverging from the normal, more traditional methods of aviation training, by educating our clients using a truly unique, creative and innovative approach.

Our Skills & Expertise

The Divergent Aerospace team has a wide variety of skills that range from diverse flight experience, aircraft maintenance, human psychology, human factors, and public health. Our team possesses a unique and diverse skill set.

We are aerospace professionals with a cumulative fifty years of flight experience. Our flying skills range from Part 91, Part 135, and Part 121 flight in geographically challenging areas of the world. From mountainous terrain at high altitude to Island Hopping in the Caribbean and the West Indies at sea level, we've done it. Our team also has a background in military aviation and brings experience from The United States Air Force.

Executive Leadership

Nicholas Schvabenitz, CEO of Divergent Aerospace, Ltd.

Nicholas Schvabenitz

Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer
Nick is the founder of Divergent Aerospace. Nick has been in Professional Aviation for the past 12 years. He started his aviation career in The U.S. Air Force, working as a C-130H Aircraft Mechanic. Later, he began working as a Flight Instructor in the Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado area. Nick is incredibly passionate about Teaching and sharing his dream of flight with those who want to learn. After teaching for many years, Nick moved on to the Airlines, where has spent the last few years working as an Airline Pilot. Aside from flying, Nick enjoys an Adventure, Deep Philosophical Conversations, Traveling without any plans, Running and Cooking!
Michelle Schvabenitz, CFO of Divergent Aerospace, Ltd.

Michelle Schvabenitz

Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer
Michelle is a Colorado Native who met Nick in 2013 when he moved to Denver while in the U.S. Air Force. If the last name didn't give it away. Michelle is married to Nick. Michelle is a normal person, who is not in Aviation. Her primary field of expertise is in Public Health. Michelle co-founded the company with Nick in their small one-bedroom apartment in Lakewood, Colorado in 2014. She brings many talents to the Divergent team, primarily in the area of Analytical Decision Making, Financial Accounting, Human Factors, and day-to-day office management. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys Cooking Asian Cuisine, Traveling, and spending time with her K9, Layla.

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We're headquartered in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With rich roots in steel, family, medicine, and technology. We're proud to call Downtown Pittsburgh our home. Our office is located in the U.S. Steel Tower, on the 49th Floor. This is a secured building. Visits to our office are by appointment only.

600 GRANT ST STE 4952

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