L3Harris Airline Academy

Flight schools and training locations in the UK & U.S.

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

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L3Harris’ Flight Schools

At L3Harris Airline Academy, our cadets train at state-of-the-art facilities on their journey to becoming a pilot:

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London Training Centre

Our state-of-the-art London Training Centre, near Gatwick Airport, is positioned to deliver both ground school training and the final phases in our RealitySeven Full Flight Simulators.

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Our London Training Centre

Orlando Flight School

All students in our Integrated ATPL programmes and Degree Programme complete the basic flight training phase of training at our beautifully located Orlando Flight School in Sanford, Florida. We also use our Florida Flight School for some modular courses as well.

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Flight training in Florida

Cranfield Training Centre

Based at Cranfield University, world-renowned for its aeronautical research and development, our Cranfield Training Centre delivers advanced flight training phases of Integrated, Degree and modular training programmes.

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Our Cranfield Training Centre

Flight School FAQs

What fleet do you have at your flight schools?

We have an impressive training fleet of over 100 aircraft that are equipped with the latest technology such as Garmin G1000 Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIS) as well as the latest version of the Traffic Advisory System (TAS).

We also have a range of flat panel trainers, fixed training devices (FTD) and our flagship RealitySeven Full Flight Simulators.

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How do I get into flight school?

To enrol on a pilot training course at one of L3Harris’ flight schools, you will need to complete the selection process. The selection process will look something like this:

  • Once you have completed your application for your chosen pilot training program, it will be screened by our selection team
  • Providing your application passes our screening process you will then be invited to a one-day selection event, either remotely (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), or in-person (Wednesday) at our London Training Centre located near Gatwick Airport
  • Prior to your selection day you will be asked to complete an online behavioural assessment

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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 that 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 the Theoretical Knowledge exams.


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, but we are also renowned for our excellent pass rate and pilot placement rate.

For more information on the cost of our pilot training courses, 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.

Between August 2021 and November 2021, 42 L3Harris graduates in the UK and Europe found employment opportunities.

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.


Instructors at your flight school will have a big influence on your pilot training experience and your standard of teaching. It is also important to build strong relationships with your instructors so that you both feel comfortable, motivated and interested in learning to achieve the best outcome.

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How much does flight school cost?

How much flight school costs depends entirely on the pilot training course you choose to enrol on.

It is no secret that becoming a pilot is a large investment, however, the cost of pilot training is reflective of the future benefits and rewards you can expect to receive when you become a qualified commercial pilot. 

Our pilot training course costs are as follows:


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How long does it take to complete flight school?

How long it takes to complete flight school depends on the training you undertake.

To become a commercial airline pilot it takes approximately 70 weeks.

Our course durations:

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