L3Harris Airline Academy

Flight schools and
training locations

Our flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). You can have peace of mind knowing our private & commercial pilot training courses follow the highest standards of training and safety.

  • 40+ years heritage
    in pilot training
  • 5 global academy
    locations
  • 100+ aircraft equipped with 
    the latest technology
  • 20+ modular and
    integrated courses

Learn to fly at L3Harris’ UK flight schools

At L3Harris Airline Academy, our cadets will train to become pilots at our flight schools & training locations situated across the UK - Bournemouth, Cranfield, Gatwick - and Europe - Ponte de Sor.

Our flight schools are equipped with the latest training facilities and aircraft fleet. Cadets have access to:

  • Air traffic control (ATC) towers including digital ATC tower at our Cranfield Academy
  • Modern aircraft fleet including Piper Archer PA28 and Diamond DA42s
  • Modern classrooms & study zones
  • On-site restaurants and leisure facilities

You’ll have the opportunity to train across the UK and Europe to obtain your UKCAA or EASA ATPL Licence.

As a pilot cadet, you’ll study alongside like-minded people and create lifelong friendships, as well as having access to world-class facilities and a modern training fleet, all of which creates the best environment for pilot training.

United Kingdom and European flight schools and training locations

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Bournemouth Flight School

Whether you have little to no flying experience or you want to upskill, our Bournemouth flight school is equipped with modern training aircraft and an experienced team of instructors to propel your dream of becoming a pilot.

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Cranfield Flight School

Whether you have little to no flying experience or want to upskill, our Cranfield flight school is equipped with state-of-the-art-facilities a modern training fleet and experienced instructors to propel your dream of becoming a pilot.

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London Training Centre (LTC) - Crawley

Whether you have little to no flying experience or you want to upskill, our London Training Centre (LTC) is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and pilot training is delivered by experienced instructors to propel your dream of becoming a pilot.

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Ponte de Sor, Portugal Flight School

Whether you have little to no flying experience or you want to upskill, our Ponte de Sor flight school is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and pilot training is delivered by vastly experienced instructors to propel your dream of becoming a pilot.

Get in touch today and start your journey!

Do you have any questions about starting your pilot training journey at L3Harris Airline Academy? Please send us a message and our Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team will be happy to assist.

Flight school FAQs

Where are your Airline Academies based?

We have Airline Academies based in the UK - Bournemouth, Cranfield and Crawley - and Portugal - Ponte de Sor.

Our Bournemouth Academy is equipped with modern training aircraft and an experienced team of instructors to propel your dream of becoming a pilot.

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 Ponte de Sor Academy in Portugal covers all areas of flight training.

What should I consider when looking for a flight school?

There are a number of things you should consider when looking for a flight school, including:

Integrated vs Modular training programmes

Integrated training programmes combine all elements of pilot training in one course with a single approved ATO. They are designed to train cadets with little to no flying experience to become a qualified Co-Pilot.

Modular training programmes on the other hand allow pilot cadets more flexibility with their training. The ATPL course is broken down into modules which can be studied individually/separately allowing cadets to work in between modules to pay for future training. All modules must be completed within three years of passing Theoretical Knowledge exams.

Cost

The quality of training you can expect to receive as well as the state-of-the-art facilities you have access to at L3Harris flight schools is reflected in the cost of our pilot training programmes. Not only that, we are also renowned for our excellent pass rate and pilot placement rate.

For more information on the cost of our pilot training course, please visit our course cost breakdown.

Safety records & reputation

When looking for a flight school, take into consideration a flight school’s safety record and reputation before making a decision. This will give you a good indication of the quality of training you can expect to receive during your training programme.

Career development & prospects

It is important to look for a flight school that offers career development opportunities and support to help you with your career prospects. At L3Harris, we offer help with CV writing, mock interviews and teaching interview techniques to ensure cadets have the necessary skills and preparation to help them secure a role as a Co-Pilot.

Training facilities & equipment

Access to modern training facilities and the latest training equipment will be an important factor in your decision-making process.

Facilities & equipment differ from flight school to flight school; however, Cadets will have access to training aircraft, Full Flight Simulators and flight training devices to name a few. We also provide accommodation and sports facilities if Cadets are required to stay away from home.

What is the difference between ATO and RTF?

ATO stands for Approved Training Organisation whilst RTF stands for Registered Training Facility. If you are training to qualify for a pilot’s licence, you will need to complete your pilot training at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or Registered Training Facility (RTF).

An ATO is an organisation which provides training courses and qualifications to a defined and industry-agreed training standard.

As of April 2019, a RTF must be registered as either a Declared Training Organisation (DTO) or an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) to be able to offer future pilots EASA licences.

How to become a pilot in the UK and Europe

Our airline academy is equipped to start your career as a pilot, whether you’re just leaving school or later in life. L3Harris help people reach their dreams.

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