Flight schools & training locations

Cranfield Training Centre

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

Based at Cranfield University, renowned for its aeronautical research and development, our Cranfield Training Centre holds a prime location on the airport's Apron 2 and provides access to the digital ATC tower, offering the highest quality of pilot training. Cranfield has no scheduled jet traffic which greatly improves access enabling cadets to train more frequently.

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+44 (0)2380 737567
Hangar 1, Building 85, Cranfield University, Wharley End, Cranfield, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK43 0JR, U.K


Take a closer look around our Cranfield Academy.

Take a look around our Cranfield Academy

Training fleet

  • Diamond DA40
  • Diamond DA42


Cadets at our Cranfield Training Centre are accommodated on campus at Lanchester Hall, or similar locations. Please contact our team if you have any questions about these arrangements.


Our Cranfield Training Centre has rooms for pre and post-flight briefings and dedicated learning areas.

Sports & fitness on campus

Cadets in Cranfield can access the university sports and fitness facilities, plus the on-site restaurants, on a pay as you go basis.

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About Cranfield

Pilot training is so much more than just the aircraft you train in and those who instruct you. It’s the whole experience; the life-long friendships you make and the place you call home for the duration of your training.

Cranfield is located between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes where you’ll find a host of restaurants, pubs and bars, markets and places to shop.

You’ll also find plenty of opportunities to take in the beauty and culture of the surrounding areas. There is more than 6,000 acres of parkland in Milton Keynes with plenty of rivers, lakes, woodland and trails to enjoy including Bletchley Park (a heritage site and vibrant attraction), Willen Lake (the perfect spot for watersports) and Salcey Forest (for all your outdoor adventures).

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Places to visit

There are plenty of places to visit in the surrounding areas of Cranfield including historic houses, gardens, galleries, castles, theme parks, museums, theatres, aquariums, amusements, indoor play centres, leisure centres and waterparks.

When looking for somewhere to eat and drink there's plenty to choose from in Milton Keynes and Bedford, from student bars and beach pubs to beer gardens and gin bars as well as places for classic pub food.

How to get here

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Other flight schools and training locations

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we have flight school located across the UK and USA.

Each of our flight schools is equipped with state-of-the-art training facilities from training aircraft, flight training devices to full flight simulators to help you become a successful commercial pilot.

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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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