• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Status: Full-time
    • Location: UK and U.S.A.
    • Duration: Approximately 70 weeks
    • Type: UKCAA licence, EASA licence or UKCAA/EASA dual licence 
    • Required experience: Little or none
  • Graduation qualifications
    Graduation qualifications
    • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
    • 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
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Pilot Training Courses

UKCAA / EASA Integrated ATPL

Get 'Tagged' by BA and easyJet!

British Airways and easyJet have begun tagging cadets in training! This means eligible students can receive letters of intent and conditional offers of employment before they finish their training. This is in addition to the likes of BA, easyJet, TUI, Wizz and more employing graduated pilots out of our Placement Pool!

Career opportunities for L3Harris Airline Academy students are accelerating at a fast pace!

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Our Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) takes you from little or no flying experience to a fully qualified airline pilot in around 70 weeks, complete with bespoke accommodation offering as well as access to our Graduate Placement Pool and Training Assurance

With L3Harris you can train for a UKCAA licence, EASA licence, or both. A UKCAA licence means you can become a pilot for airlines registered in the UK such as British Airways, TUI or easyJet; an EASA licence allows you to fly for airlines registered in the European Union.

Benefits of completing your Integrated ATPL with L3Harris:

Start your ATPL application today to begin the screening process. It takes just five minutes and there are no costs at this stage. It might just change your life.

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UKCAA / EASA Integrated ATPL

Integrated ATPL course timeline

  • 28 weeks Classroom
    Ground School
  • 39 weeks Flight Training
    (Basic and Advanced)
  • 3 weeks APS MCC

Theoretical Knowledge (ground school), London Training Centre, UK - 28 weeks

Basic Flight Training, Orlando, Florida - 31 weeks

Advanced Flight Training, Cranfield, UK - 8 weeks

APS MCC, London Training Centre, UK - 3 weeks

Kick start your pilot career with our ATPL course and soar to new heights.

Timeframes based on UKCAA licence route. 

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UKCAA / EASA Integrated ATPL

Integrated ATPL course cost

Integrated ATPL course cost includes:

  • Accommodation - throughout Flight Training in the U.S. - see packages above
  • Training Assurance - Provision for additional flight training if required
  • Access to our Graduate Placement Pool
  • All flights and visas required for training in Florida
  • Licence fees
  • All required training equipment

Additional costs to consider during your ATPL course:

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Sanford Florida: The Lofts at Eden, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

  • Apartments with shared kitchen and lounge. Shuttle service to Academy
  • Walking distance to shops, restaurants and entertainment
  • Fitness centre and swimming pool

London Training Centre: Avion Court, Crawley or Brighton, UK

  • Ensuite accommodation
  • Near bars, restaurants and leisure facilities

Cranfield: Lanchester Hall, Cranfield, UK

  • Single or double occupancy rooms. Shared kitchen and lounge
  • On campus accommodation
  • Access to campus gym, bars and restaurants

UKCAA / EASA Integrated ATPL

Why Choose L3Harris?

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.

"I started this course with no flying experience and two years later I’ve come out with a frozen Airline Transport Pilot's Licence and have demonstrated that I can safely operate a passenger jet in a multi-crew environment. It’s been a wonderful experience that has allowed me to fly, travel and meet so many people."

Davina Battersby, L3Harris graduate

Airline relationships

After completing your Integrated ATPL course, what comes next? Our focus is helping you launch your career as a commercial pilot. L3Harris' relationships with airlines around the globe mean our dedicated Graduate Placement Team is positioned to find your first role. 

"We were delighted to attend L3Harris’s London Training Centre recently for another successful recruitment event. The quality of the applicants was very high with a growing proportion coming from L3Harris’s Graduate Placement Pool." - Tamas Bodorics, Pilot Recruitment Team Leader, WIZZ Air

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Data-driven ATPL training

What makes us stand out? We use Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) as part of your ATPL flight training, which provides data-driven insights.

Why do we use FDM? It creates a safer, more efficient training environment. You and your Instructor get detailed feedback on all training flights. So, what does it mean for you, the cadet pilot?

  • 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 ATPL training journey
  • Efficiency: We recognise that each cadet is different. Throughout your ATPL flight 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.

UKCAA / EASA Integrated ATPL

Integrated ATPL entry criteria

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

Age and height

  • 17+ to submit an application. 18+ to commence ATPL 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 ATPL training


  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (or international high school equivalent) at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics, Science and English Language


  • 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.


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How to apply?

Applying is easier than you might think!

Step 1 - Simply click any 'Apply now' button on this page. Or click right here.

Step 2 - Register an account on our application portal. This is just your email address, name, contact number and password.

Step 3 - Verify your account via the link in the confirmation email we send you (if you can't see it, check your junk inbox first).

Step 4 - Simply fill out the application form, it takes no longer than 5 minutes! 

Step 5 - Over to us! The L3Harris Selection team will screen your application and contact you to arrange a short interview as part of the L3Harris Selection process.

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Selection process

1. Research Becoming a pilot is the dream job for the right person. It's a demanding career, but one full of adventure and prestige. Take the time to ensure that you have reviewed our training courses and that it's the right career for you.
2. Application

Once you are sure about which training course you want to undertake, you should apply to be assessed by our team. At this point, there is no cost involved, just one form to complete!

To complete the form you will need to provide details such as your name, nationality, contact details and confirmation you meet the educational requirements for the course.


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3. Interview, assessment and testing

If your application is successful, you will be invited to an assessment day at our London Training Centre. This is your chance to show us that you have the skills and the trainability to become a world class pilot. The assessment day will include:

  • Aptitude tests 
  • A behavioural assessment
  • An interview

If becoming a pilot is your dream, take a moment to complete our application form and see if you have what it takes.


Integrated ATPL course FAQs

Can you recommend any insurance companies for me to use?

We cannot make any recommendations but we can provide names of companies that our trainees have previously used for their insurance requirements which you may wish to research.

Please note: Your Loss of Training Expenses policy will need to be in place before you can commence your pilot training.

  • Stein Pilot Insurance: Loss of Training Expenses, Life and Critical Illness Cover
  • Hiscox Global Flying Insurance: Loss of Training Expenses
  • BALPA Financial Solutions Insurance: Loss of Training Expenses, Loss of Life Insurance
  • APPN: Loss of Training Expenses, Loss of Life Insurance
  • SAAM Verspieren Group: Loss of Training Expenses, Loss of Life insurance
  • Allianz Global Assistance: Travel Insurance

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Do you offer financial advice?

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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What is an ATPL licence?

Short for Airline Transport Pilot Licence, an ATPL licence is the highest level of airline pilot certification. It is required in order to command or pilot a flight with nine or more passenger seats.

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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.

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What is the difference between CPL and ATPL?

A CPL is a Commercial Pilot Licence, and allows you to act as pilot in command of a charter or corporate flight, usually of a smaller size than the ATPL permits.

The ATPL, or Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the highest level of airline pilot certification and is required to command or pilot a flight with nine more passenger seats.

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What is EASA?

European Union Aviation Safety Agency - Responsible for ensuring a high and uniform level of safety in civil aviation, but the implementation of common safety rules and measures.

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What is CAA?

Civil Aviation Authority - Ensures the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards, consumers have choice, value for money, are protected and treated fairly when they fly, airlines use an efficient use of airspace to effectively manage the impact of local communities and CO2 emissions are reduced, and lastly, so the aviation industry manages security risks effectively.

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What is CPL ME IR?

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Instrument Rating (IR) on Multi Engine (ME) aircraft.

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What is MCC?

Multi-Crew Cooperation equips future pilots with the theoretical knowledge and relevant practice to develop skills and attitude to operate a multi-crew aircraft.

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What is UPRT?

Upset Prevention & Recovery Training - Is a combination of theoretical knowledge and flying training to prepare flight crew with the required competencies to prevent and recover from situations when an aircraft enters ‘aeroplane upset’.

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What is Aeroplane Upset?

When an aircraft enters dangerous conditions during operation in which the flight attitude or airspeed is outside the normal bounds of operation.

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What is a frozen ATPL?

Cadets who have passed all 13 ATPL Theoretical exams but have not yet met his or her flying requirements hold a frozen ATPL.

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What is an unfrozen ATPL?

A frozen ATPL becomes unfrozen when a cadet has completed a total of 1500 flying hours, including 500 hours of multi-crew environment.

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What are your funding options for my Integrated ATPL course?

All of our training programmes are self-funded.

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How long does it take to get an ATPL?

Your Integrated ATPL course will take approximately 70 weeks to complete, during which time you will complete your ground school and flight school training to build your theoretical knowledge and your practical flying skills.

If you choose to combine our Integrated ATPL course with a University degree, it will take you approximately 3 years to complete.

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Can I choose where I do my ATPL training?

Cadets training for their ATPL licence will be based in the UK and USA at our flight schools in London, Cranfield and Orlando, Florida.

Our flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and provide you with access to state-of-the-art facilities such as training aircrafts, full-flight simulators and flight training devices.

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Do you have partnerships with airlines in Europe?

Yes. We are an accredited pilot recruitment partner of British Airways. The agreement allows BA to select newly qualified pilots from our Graduate Placement Pool and ‘tag’ students at various stages of training that meet the airlines requirements. TUI Airways also selected us as a pilot recruitment partner, selecting newly qualified pilots to become Second Officers on TUI's Boeing fleet.

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.

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Can I transfer my licence to UKCAA or EASA?

If on graduation you find a First Officer job with an airline registered in the EU, you may find that the airline requires that its pilots change their state of licence issue to the same member state to where it is registered.

If this is the case, you will need to complete a State Of Licence Issue (SOLI) transfer which involves transferring your medical records from the IAA to the new member state. The transfer process between EU member states is straightforward, but fees may be incurred. You would be best advised to speak with the relevant EU member state as and when the situation arises.

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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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Have L3Harris Airline Academy secured any employment opportunities for graduate cadets?

Yes. Thanks to the hard work of our Graduate Placement team and our strong airline relationships, thousands of our graduates now fly for airlines across the world. Click here for the latest information.

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