L3Harris Airline Academy

Cost for Pilot Training
and Funding

When deciding to embark on pilot training, one of the most frequently asked questions is ‘how much does it cost to become a pilot?’. And it comes as no surprise as to why.

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Obtaining your pilot licence is a considerable financial commitment. That being said, our course costs are a reflection of the quality training and cutting-edge facilities at L3Harris. 

Cadets can expect to receive unparalleled training from industry renowned instructors.

Not forgetting the incredible benefits and the future that lies ahead of you as a pilot, from an attractive salary and having an office above the clouds, to making life-long friendships around the globe.

How much it costs to become a pilot can vary, depending on whether you want to obtain a Private Pilot Licence or an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).

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How much does it cost to become a pilot

If you are thinking about starting your pilot training, one of the most important factors influencing your decision is the cost of a pilot licence. Depending on the programme, the fees of each pilot course can vary. The cost of flight school, for those wishing to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), is £94,960.

The largest cost a cadet will incur is the cost of pilot training itself which will vary depending on the course. However, additional fees to consider include:

  • Food and other personal living costs
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances
  • iPad (generation 2 or above)
  • English Language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Initial aviation medical examinations and medical renewals
  • CAA Flight Test and licence application fees
  • Selection fees: £50 for Integrated ATPL and BSc (Hons) Aviation – Pilot Programme. Modular course selection fees are free of charge
  • Additional fees if you choose to enrol on a degree course
  • Additional fees required for Type Rating once employed by an airline

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Integrated ATPL training cost

Our Integrated ATPL course takes cadets from little to no flying experience to a fully qualified Co-Pilot in 70 weeks. Cadets can train for their UKCAA ATPL, EASA ATPL or dual licence. The UKCAA ATPL enables you to be Pilot in Command (PIC) for airlines registered in the UK. The EASA ATPL enables you to be a PIC for airlines registered in Europe.

Integrated ATPL

Our costs

UKCAA Integrated ATPL course cost

£94,960 (includes bespoke accommodation offering)

This cost of the pilot training course includes:

  • Accommodation during Flight Training in the U.S.A.
  • The L3Harris Training Assurance
  • Access to the L3Harris Graduate Placement Pool
  • The cost of training
  • All training equipment
  • Uniform
  • Airfield fees
  • All air travel to allocated training locations
  • UKCAA licence issue (EASA licence is an additional fee of £3,000; dual licence option also available)

Integrated ATPL

Private Pilot Licence with Night Rating training cost

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A Private Pilot Licence is required to start your Modular ATPL training. Whether you want to learn to fly as a hobby or to become a commercial airline pilot - you’ll need to start with PPL training - learn how to become a private pilot. We also include Night Rating within our PPL training which enables cadets to fly at night using Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

The Private Pilot Licence course cost includes:

  • The cost of training
  • Airport fees
  • Licence issues
  • Uniform
  • PPL Theory Training
  • Air Law exam

Additional pilot training costs to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fees (currently free of charge)
  • English Language (IELTS) Test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Flight Test and licence application fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

Private Pilot Licence

Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based Learning) pilot training cost

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Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based Learning) is designed to equip cadets with a solid foundation of commercial flying knowledge to help them progress on to the basic, intermediate and advanced levels of flight training.

Theoretical Knowledge course cost includes:

  • Full-time ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • First attempt at ATPL examination
  • All training equipment
  • Uniform

Additional pilot training costs to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Selection fees (currently free of charge)
  • English language (IELTS) Test (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • iPad (Generation 2 or above)
  • Insurances

Pilot training cost and funding

Theoretical Knowledge (Distance Learning) pilot training cost

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Theoretical Knowledge (Distance Learning) is a combination of distance learning and classroom sessions split into three modules which will cover 1 third of the 13 ATPL examinations at any one time.

Theoretical Knowledge course cost includes:

  • Study guides and reading assignments from our iPad iBooks and interactive app
  • Plus three classroom days per module and cost of exam (first attempt only)
  • Full-time support from our training experts

Additional costs to become a pilot:

  • Selection fees (currently free of charge)
  • Accommodation, if required, during the classroom study days
  • All ATPL Theory examinations
  • Any additional ATPL Ground School tuition
  • iPad
  • CRP5 Navigation Computer
  • Jeppesen General Student Pilot Route Manual
  • Protractor, navigation ruler, compass and dividers
  • CAA approved scientific calculator

Pilot training cost and funding

Hours Building pilot training cost

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Our Hours Building training course is designed to equip you with the 150 hours flying time you need to commence your CPL training. If you hold a PPL, you will already have at least 50hrs of flying under your belt. You’ll complete your training in a single-engine piston aircraft.

Included in the cost of your Hours Building training is:

  • Flight training
  • Airport fees
  • Uniform

Additional costs to become a pilot:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • English language (IELTS) Test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 or 2 Medical
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

Pilot training cost and funding

Commercial Pilot Licence cost

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Our Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Multi-Engine (ME) Instrument Rating (IR) equips you with advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge to a commercial standard. CPL MEIR will enable you to fly a twin-engined aircraft in circumstances with reduced visibility.

CPL MEIR course cost includes:

  • The cost of training
  • Airport fees
  • Licence issue
  • Uniform

Additional costs to become a pilot to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fees (currently free of charge)
  • English Language (IELTS) Test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Flight Test and licence application fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

Pilot training cost and funding

Multi-Crew Cooperation pilot training cost

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Our Airline Pilot Standards (APS) Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) course is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in Crew Resource Management (CRM), Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) and Jet Orientation Training (JOT). With this qualification under your belt, you can progress onto a Type Rating course.

Multi-Crew Cooperation course cost includes:

  • The cost of training
  • All training equipment

Additional costs to become a pilot to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fees (currently free of charge)
  • English Language (IELTS) Test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Flight Test and licence application fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

APS MCC

Ways to fund your pilot training

For many aspiring commercial airline pilots, the greatest barrier to becoming a pilot is securing the funding for pilot training. We are committed to ever-widening access to pilot training for those who demonstrate the talent, passion and motivation to become a pilot.

We are unable to offer airline pilot funding advice; the majority of our pilot training courses are self-funded.

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Loans for pilot training

One way to secure airline pilot training funding is via a secured loan from a UK bank, typically against a property.

This route is appropriate if individuals who are responsible for providing the funding have a property which is valued at £150,000 or more. In most instances, banks will only lend up to approximately 60% of the property’s value.

Saving for pilot training

One of the most common solutions to secure funding for pilot training is through savings or inheritance.

We understand the inheritance or finances students have managed to save over a period of time might still not be enough to cover the course costs of an Integrated ATPL training programme. However, with our Modular ATPL course, cadets have the ability to kick-start their training and earn money in between modules to build enough funds for the next part of the course.

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Pay as you train

An alternative way to fund your pilot training all in one go, would be to enrol on our Modular ATPL training courses. The modular approach enables you to train to become a commercial airline pilot in your own time and at your own pace meaning you simply pay for the licences and ratings as you go.

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Help from your family

Receiving financial help from family members - whether it be parents or grandparents - is another common solution to funding your pilot training.

While it can be a big ask from your parents, it is a valuable investment into your future career as a pilot.

Once you have completed your pilot training and obtained your ATPL, you can begin earning as soon as you qualify. The starting salary for newly qualified First Officers is typically above the average starting salary for a university graduate. You can expect to earn anywhere between £22,000 to £28,000, depending on the airline.

Salaries for commercial airline pilots consistently perform as one of the highest earning careers.

Pilot licence cost and pilot training funding FAQs

What qualifications do I need to commence my pilot training?

To begin pilot training 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 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 long does it take to become a pilot?

Typically, Integrated ATPL courses take 70 weeks to complete. For more information, please visit our Integrated ATPL course page.

Modular ATPL training is more flexible than the integrated approach and cadets have three years to complete training once they have passed their Theoretical Knowledge exams. For more information, please visit our Modular ATPL course page.

How to become a pilot

Can I choose where I do my pilot training?

No, you can not choose where to do your pilot training. We have flight schools across the UK and USA. Ground school is typically completed in the UK at our London Training Centre (LTC) near Gatwick. Whilst your flight training could take place in Cranfield in the UK and Orlando in the USA.

All of our flight schools are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and training is delivered by vastly experienced instructors.

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Are there any Scholarships available to help me with funding my pilot training?

Currently we are not offering any Scholarship places.

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