L3Harris Airline Academy

Are you ready to pursue your dream of becoming a pilot? When you start your aviation training with L3Harris Airline Academy, you’re not only learning to fly, we’re training you to become the best commercial airline pilot possible.

Join our world class aviation training institute and soar your career to new heights!

Airline pilot. We make it happen.

Since graduating from our aviation school, thousands of our graduates are now flying with major airlines worldwide, such as British Airways and Kuwait Airways, thanks to our state-of-the-art aviation training facilities, world-class flight training, quality Instructors and relationships with global airlines.

Whether you have little or no flying experience, or are looking to develop your piloting skills, L3Harris Airline Academy offers a range of pilot training courses, regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for those who want their career to take off.

From our Integrated ATPL course and BSc (Hons) Aviation – Pilot Programme to our Flexible ATPL and Modular ATPL route, the aviation training at L3Harris Airline Academy is determined to provide you with an unparalleled learning experience and equip you with the skills and necessary flight training to become a successful pilot. 

How to become a pilot

As a commercial pilot you will enjoy a rewarding career travelling the globe.


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UK & Europe pilot training courses

When you join our Airline Academy, you will be completing a specialist L3Harris pilot training programme. Our Integrated ATPL, BSc (Hons) Degree Programme, Flexible ATPL & Modular ATPL pilot training will take place at one, or multiple Academy locations in the UK and U.S.A. where cadets can begin their flying journey and work towards fulfilling their pilot aspirations and career goals.  

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Flight schools and pilot training locations

We have aviation schools across the UK and U.S.A. Each of our L3Harris flight schools are modern sites equipped with the latest training facilities, from pilot training aircraft and Flight Training Devices to Full Flight Simulators. All helping you learn how to become a successful commercial pilot.

We have three world class pilot training locations in the UK & USA:


Fly at our pilot training academy in Florida!

Do you want to step even further out of your comfort zone and move out of the UK for your flight training? We are now using our Sanford, Florida Academy as one of our basic flight training locations!

With state-of-the-art facilities including high-intensity runway lighting, FAA control tower and one of the largest aircraft fleets in Florida, training at our Orlando Flight School will propel your career from strength to strength.

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. I’m sure we have all heard this quote at some point in our life. For me, it’s why I find myself at L3Harris training to be a pilot.

Academy Testimonial Craig Jardine Craig Jardine L3Harris Integrated ATPL graduate 
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Why is L3Harris Airline Academy different?

At our Airline Academies, pilot cadets can complete a variety of aviation courses which are approved by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). From Integrated ATPL routes to Modular ATPL programmes, we have something for everyone. Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose us:

  • We have brand new state-of-the-art training facilities
  • Access to over 100 single-engine and multi-engine aircraft with latest avionics technology
  • We have been training pilots for over 40 years
  • L3Harris’ Training Assurance gives you access to additional training above and beyond course syllabus should you require it
  • Access to our Graduate Placement Pool
  • Support and advice with interview preparations and CV writing
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As well as our state-of-the-art London Training Centre, and training centre in Florida, cadets also benefit from our Cranfield Training Centre at Cranfield University, renowned for its aeronautical research and development.

Meet Miryam

Miryam Ahmad is the first female cadet on the L3Harris Kuwait Airways' government sponsored program. We caught up with her after she completed her first solo!

Airline Academy FAQs

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of my pilot training?

You are not at the end of your flight training, but with our ATPL course you have access to the L3Harris Training Assurance and Graduate Placement Pool as standard.

Pilot career prospects

What qualifications do I need to commence my pilot training?

To begin pilot training at our Airline Academy you’ll need the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs grade C/4 or above, or international equivalent; which must include Maths, English and Science

You will also need:

  • UKCAA Class 1 Medical Certification (without restrictions for UKCAA licence) or EASA Class 1 Medical Certification (without restrictions) for an EASA licence
  • Visa - if required - to study in our flight training locations. Further details on visa requirements are listed on individual course pages
  • Produce a clean criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate

Qualifications needed to become a pilot

How much does pilot training cost and how can I fund my pilot training?

The cost of pilot training varies depending on the course you’re looking to undertake. 

All our commercial pilot training programmes are self-funded by way of either savings or a loan secured typically against a UK property. We are not able to offer any financial advice however, we would suggest that potential candidates speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers who will be best placed to discuss the products that may be available. For more information, please read our guide to funding 

Pilot training cost and funding

Where are your Airline Academies based?

We have Airline Academies based in the UK (Cranfield and Crawley) and Orlando, Florida, USA.

Our Cranfield Academy offers cadets single and multi-engine flying and benefits including access to ILS, NDB and GNSS approaches and an 1800m runway with digital ATC tower.

Our London Training Centre in Crawley is where cadets will complete their ground school training and advanced pilot training with access to eight RealitySeven Full Flight Simulators.

Our Integrated ATPL, Flexible ATPL and BSc (Hons) Aviation - Pilot Programme cadets complete the basic flight training portion of their training from our Orlando Flight School in Florida - based at Sanford International Airport!

Our flight schools

Have L3Harris Airline Academy secured any employment opportunities for graduate cadets in 2022?

Yes. At the time of writing (mid-March 2022), thanks to the hard work of our Graduate Placement team and our strong airline relationships we can announce that more than 100 of our UK and European graduates have been offered employment opportunities since January 1st 2022 after completing their flight training with L3Harris Airline Academy - with 50+ joining EasyJet and nearly 30 who have started their Type Rating with Ryanair.

Employment statistics

Upcoming events

Open Days

Airline Academy Open Day: London Training Centre - February 25, 2023

Join us at our state-of-the-art London Training Centre for the L3Harris Airline Academy Open Day.

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