• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Status: Full-time
    • Location: UK and U.S.A.
    • Duration: Approximately 42 weeks
    • Required experience: Passes in all 13 ATPL Theoretical Knowledge exams
  • Graduation qualifications
    Graduation qualifications
    • Multi-Engine Piston Commercial Pilot Licence with Instrument Rating (MEP/CPL/IR)
    • Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS MCC)
    • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)
    • Final qualification: 'frozen' ATPL, the minimum qualifications to start Type Rating and line training with an airline
  • Supporting downloads
    Supporting downloads

Pilot Training Courses

Flying Start ATPL

Passed Your ATPL Theory Exams?

Completed your UKCAA or EASA ATPL Theoretical Knowledge exams and ready to start flight training? It's time to enrol on our 42 week Flying Start ATPL programme!

Courses start every month, so if you have successfully passed your Theoretical Knowledge exams this could be the quickest way to your frozen ATPL.

31 weeks of Flight Training in Orlando, Florida, is followed by 8 weeks of Advanced Flying in Cranfield, UK and 3 weeks of APS MCC training at our London Training Centre

Already on an Integrated ATPL course, but want to make the switch to L3Harris Airline Academy? You can apply for an ATO Transfer and maintain your Integrated ATPL status. Speak to a member of our Pilot Careers Advice Team to find out how.

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Flying Start ATPL

Flying Start ATPL Timeline

Basic Flight Training, Orlando, Florida - 31 weeks

  • Foundation flying: 18 weeks
  • Single-Engine Instrument Rating: 11 weeks
  • Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL): 2 weeks

Advanced Flight Training, Cranfield, UK - 8 weeks

  • Multi Engine Instrument Rating - 7 weeks
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) - 1 week

APS MCC, London Training Centre, UK - 3 weeks

  • Airline Pilot Standard Multi Crew Cooperation training

Timeframes based on UKCAA licence route. For EASA options, speak to our team.

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Flying Start ATPL

Flying Start ATPL Cost



  • Training Assurance - Provision for additional flight training if required (to those eligible)
  • Access to our Graduate Placement Pool
  • Return flight to Orlando, Florida
  • M-1 U.S.A. visa for flight training in Florida
  • All training equipment
  • Airfield fees
  • Uniform

Additional costs to consider:

Price based on UKCAA licence route. For EASA options, contact our team.

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Flying Start ATPL

Why Choose Us?

We are part of the L3Harris Commercial Aviation business that combines Pilot Training, Flight Simulation, Flight Data Analysis and Avionics. Being part of a larger group comes with a number of benefits.

Airline Relationships

Our focus is helping you launch your career as a commercial pilot. On successful completion of the course you will have access to L3Harris’ dedicated Graduate Placement Pool. Our team has relationships with airlines around the globe and are ideally positioned to help find your first role.

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Data-Driven Training

We use L3Harris’ Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) as part of your flight training, which provides data-driven insights.

FDM provides detailed feedback on all training flights helping create a more efficient training environment and safer pilots.

  • Airlines use similar technology: Data is key to an airline’s operation and we are committed to recreating that, or a similar environment in your training journey
  • Efficiency: Each cadet is different. Throughout training you receive insight that can highlight areas of excellence and potential improvement, a shift towards competency-based training

This training innovation received the prestigious Aviation Technology Achievement Award. Check out the video below.

Flying Start ATPL

Entry Criteria

To enrol on our Flying Start ATPL course you will need to meet the following entry criteria:

Theoretical Knowledge

  • Passes in all 13 ATPL Theoretical Knowledge exams

Age and height

  • 17+ to submit an application. 18+ to commence training
  • Height between 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm) and 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm). Applicants outside of this may still apply but will need an ergonomic assessment


  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
  • Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of training


  • Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK (e.g. UK national, EU national with settled or pre-settled status)
  • If required: Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service requirements to qualify for a Visitor (study for six months or less) or Student visa (study for more than six months)
  • If required, obtain / be able to obtain M-1 Student Visa for your Flight Training in the U.S.A.


  • Obtain / be able to obtain an unrestricted UKCAA or EASA Class 1 Medical. Read our guide here

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