L3Harris Airline Academy

Pilot Training Courses

Our Airline Academy offers UKCAA & EASA approved pilot training courses from our modern flight schools in the UK and USA. We offer Integrated ATPL, Flexible ATPL, a university degree pilot training programmes and Individual Modules.

Start your pilot training journey today to obtain your UKCAA or EASA licence!

We are a global leader in commercial airline pilot training and our graduates are highly sought after by airlines around the world. In fact, thousands of our pilot training graduates are now flying as Captains and First Officers for major airlines such as easyJet, British Airways and Ryanair.

Our commercial airline pilot training will be delivered by industry-leading instructors. In addition, cadets have access to state-of-the-art facilities such Flight Training Devices (FTDs) and aircraft equipped with Garmin G1000 Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIS).


Integrated ATPL, Flexible and Degree

Our Integrated ATPL pilot training courses take you from little or no experience to becoming a qualified commercial airline pilot at one of the largest and best-equipped flight schools in Europe.

Our BSc(Hons) degree allows you to integrate a university degree with your pilot training. All aspects of your commercial pilot training experience will count towards your degree and you’ll gain two professional qualifications (ATPL licence and BSc(Hons) degree) to kick start your career in aviation!

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UKCAA / EASA Integrated ATPL

Our Integrated ATPL is a full-time course designed to take you from little or no experience to becoming a qualified pilot for airlines registered in the UK.

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BSc (Hons) Aviation - Pilot Degree Programme with ATPL

The BSc (Hons) Aviation – Pilot Programme with the University of Central Lancashire has been designed to prepare students for a career as a professional pilot.

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Flexible ATPL

All the L3Harris benefits of our Integrated ATPL course, but completed in a Flexible way.

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Flying Start ATPL

Completed your ATPL Theoretical Knowledge exams and now ready to start flight training? We have launched the 42 week Flying Start ATPL programme.

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Kuwait Professional Pilot Training

We train pilots for Kuwait Airways and currently have Kuwaiti cadets in ground school and flight training in our locations worldwide.


Modular ATPL

Our Individual Modular ATPL pilot training courses are designed to allow you to continue your training journey, or take the very first steps, depending on your qualifications to date.

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Modular Pilot Training

Modular ATPL allows you to pay and train to become a pilot in bitesize chunks so you can train at your own pace, in your own time.


Airline programmes

We build strong connections and long-standing relationships with airlines worldwide, providing excellent opportunities for our cadet pilots. As such, we have been able to offer a range of pilot courses designed to improve your chances of securing employment with a reputable airline.

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IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme

Selected by IndiGo from day one, you will embark upon a unique route of training.

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L3Harris Integrated ATPL in partnership with Royal Brunei

L3Harris Airline Academy Integrated ATPL in partnership with Royal Brunei.

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Jetstar Asia Cadet Training Programme (CAAS CPL/MEIR with ATPL)

Jetstar Asia is offering to select and guide you as you embark upon a unique route of training which takes you directly to the role of junior First Officer.

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Icelandair Cadet Pilot Programme

Icelandair is working with L3Harris Airline Academy to train and develop aspiring pilots to join the airline as First Officers.

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Cadet Pilot Programme with Hong Kong Airlines

L3Harris Airline Academy has launched an outstanding airline pilot career programme with Hong Kong Airlines (HKA).

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L3Harris Integrated ATPL with Wizz Air

L3Harris and Wizz Air have teamed up to offer an exciting opportunity for aspiring pilots.

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Virgin Atlantic Future Flyers Programme

Launch your airline pilot career with one of the world's most iconic airlines, Virgin Atlantic.


Upgrade courses

From our purpose-built training facility and management centre in Gatwick, L3Harris Training Services delivers effective, competency-based pilot training for professional pilots at any stage of their career ensuring the needs of the individual and the airline customer are supported through the provision of high-quality, professional commercial airline pilot training.

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AQC to APS MCC Upgrade Course

Airline Qualification Course (AQC) to Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Certification (APS MCC) Upgrade Course.

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.

Pilot Training FAQs

How do I become a pilot?

To become a pilot you will need an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and a Class 1 Medical Certificate.

These are the steps you need to take to become a pilot:

  1. Check you meet the entry criteria & have the common skills required to become a pilot
  2. Complete the selection process to enrol on a pilot training course
  3. Complete ground school training
  4. Undertake foundation flight training
  5. Complete commercial and instrument flight training
  6. Undertake intermediate flight training
  7. Complete an airline placement (ATPL students only)
  8. Undertake advanced pilot training
  9. Congratulations! You are now ready to begin your aviation career as a First Officer!

How to become a pilot

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

Qualifications needed to become a pilot

How much does pilot training cost and how can I fund my pilot training?

The cost of pilot training varies depending on the course you’re looking to undertake. 

All our commercial pilot training programmes are self-funded by way of either savings or a loan secured typically against a UK property. We are not able to offer any financial advice however, we would suggest that potential candidates speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers who will be best placed to discuss the products that may be available. For more information, please read our guide to funding 

Pilot training cost and funding

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.

How to become a pilot

What are my career prospects?

Our focus is helping you achieve your future career aspirations through world-class airline-focused pilot training, whether that's to become a private pilot or a qualified commercial pilot.

If you successfully obtain your PPL, you can go on to command single-engine private aircraft for non-commercial passengers.

On the other hand, once you have successfully secured your ‘frozen’ ATPL, you can kick start your career as a First Officer, second-in-command to the airline Captain. Enabling you to go on and build your theoretical and practical experience to eventually secure a role as Captain.

Pilot career prospects

Do you have partnerships with airlines in Europe?

We are committed to maintaining and growing airline relationships so that we are able to offer our graduates the highest-quality, airline-focused training and unrivalled career opportunities. In turn we have built a reputation as a trusted provider of the highest-calibre pilots in the industry.

Our airline relationships

What is the difference between a UKCAA Licence and an EASA Licence?

A UKCAA Licence has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, of whom is a national regulatory body responsible for aviation. A CAA Licence enables you to operate a UK-registered aircraft only. For more information on non-EASA aircraft, please read here.

A EASA licence has been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency and enables you to operate EASA aircraft. EASA aircraft fall under the regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

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Do you offer a dual licence for UKCAA & EASA?

Yes, we do. The dual licence allows cadets to complete both a UKCAA and EASA licence in one combined course. Cadets will be required to take both UKCAA and EASA Theoretical Knowledge exams. There will also be additional flying hours to meet both regulatory authority requirements plus skills tests that must be taken in both UK and EU airspace.

The dual licence potentially opens up greater employment opportunities as cadets will be qualified to work for airlines registered and operating under either the UKCAA or EASA. Please note however, if you wish to work in the EU you must have a right to live and work in the EU.

Dual licence

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.

Our flight schools

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