L3Harris Airline Academy

Cost of Pilot Training
and Funding in the UK

When deciding to embark on pilot training, one of the most frequently asked questions is ‘how much does it cost to become a pilot?’ 

Obtaining your pilot licence is a considerable financial commitment. Our pilot course fees are a reflection of the quality training and cutting-edge facilities at L3Harris. Pilot training is also a gateway to a lucrative career as an airline pilot, making the cost of pilot training a worthwhile investment.

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How Much Does It Cost to Become a Commercial 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. So, how much does it cost to learn to fly and train as an airline pilot? Depending on the programme, your pilot course fees can vary. The cost of flight school, for those wishing to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), is £102,500.

This is the quickest route to becoming an airline pilot in the UK, although you can also complete modular courses at your own pace, which range in price. For example, the cost of Theoretical Knowledge Ground School training is £8,700 and your APS MCC pilot training will cost £9,700.

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What Do Your Pilot Course Fees Include?

The largest cost a cadet will incur is the pilot course fee itself which will vary depending on the course. You may also be expected to pay additional pilot training costs such as:

  • Living costs
  • Insurances
  • Accommodation
  • Travel costs

You can find full details of what is included and excluded from your pilot course fees on the individual programme pages.

The cost of our pilot training in the UK also includes the opportunity 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.

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Our Pilot Course Costs for UK Cadets

Integrated ATPL course cost

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

Integrated ATPL pilot course fees:

£102,500 - this pilot course cost includes bespoke accommodation offering.

The cost of this 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 pilot training
  • All training equipment
  • Uniform
  • Airfield fees
  • All air travel to allocated training locations
  • UKCAA licence issue (EASA licence is an additional fee of £3,400; dual licence option also available)

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Theoretical Knowledge (Classroom Based Learning) pilot training cost

Cost: £8,700

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.

What’s included in the course price?

  • Full-time ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge exam fees

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Airline Pilot Standards Multi Crew Cooperation pilot training cost

APS MCC pilot course cost: £9,700

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.

What is included in the course price?

  • Access to our Graduate Placement Pool (subject to completion of L3Harris Selection Process)
  • All training equipment and materials
  • Unlimited use of Flat Panel Trainers
  • Careers advice 
  • Electronic charts and airline performance

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Ways to Fund Your Pilot Training in the UK

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, skills 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. Here are a few of the ways that you could fund your pilot training course in the UK, from securing loans for pilot training to receiving financial support from your family.

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Speak to a Financial Adviser

We understand it can be difficult to navigate the funding options involved in pilot training. At L3Harris Airline Academy, we are unable to offer financial advice, which is why we are working with the teams from Morrinson Wealth and Parallel Wealth Management to bring you expert financial advice to help you explore the options available to you.

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Loans for Pilot Training in the UK

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

Loans for pilot training are 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.

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Cover Your Pilot Course Fees With 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. Whether you use inheritance or borrow money from family to cover the cost of pilot training, you will reap the benefits of an attractive salary once you have qualified which means you will be able to pay them back, or re-build your savings.

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Is the Pilot Course Fee a Worthwhile Investment?

We understand that the cost of pilot training is a significant financial investment. However, upon completion of your training, you will be able to benefit from our strong airline relationships and embark on a lucrative career as an airline 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. According to Indeed, a senior or experienced pilot’s salary is 31% higher than the UK’s national average salary based on pilots in London earning approximately £48,121 per year.

Salaries for commercial airline pilots consistently perform as one of the highest earning careers, making the cost of pilot training worth it.

Do you think you have what it takes to become a successful pilot? Start your airline academy application today to begin the screening process. It takes just 5 minutes, and there are no costs at this stage. It might just change your life. If you have any questions about the cost of pilot training in the UK or any of our courses, get in touch with us today.

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How Your Salary Is Likely to Grow as a Pilot

Whilst the cost of becoming a pilot can be a big commitment, once qualified, the career progression and potential salary can be very beneficial.

Senior First Officer

£48,605 - £86,699 per annum*

On average, depending on airline.

Captain

£103,525 - £173,000 per annum*

On average, depending on airline.

*Glassdoor, August 2023

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Pilot Licence Cost and Pilot Training Funding FAQs

Why choose L3Harris Airline Academy?

Obtaining your pilot licence is a considerable financial commitment. That being said, our pilot course fees 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.

The largest cost a cadet will incur is the cost of pilot training itself which will vary depending on the course. Additional costs such as living costs and insurances could also apply. Full details can be found on the individual programme pages here.

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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

Read more on our pilot qualifications page.

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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.

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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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