• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Status: Full-time
    • Location: UK and U.S.A.
    • Duration: Approximately 70 weeks
    • Required experience: Little or none
    • Recruitment partnerships: British Airways, easyJet, Wizz Air UK and TUI
  • 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
    • BSc(Hons) degree
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Pilot Training Courses

Integrated ATPL

Recruitment partnerships with major airlines, plus an integrated BSc(Hons) degree. All for a deposit of only £3,000.

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Integrated ATPL with Degree

L3Harris and the University of West London (UWL) have partnered to offer the unique 2 year Integrated ATPL plus BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with Commercial Pilot Training. The course is designed to prepare students for careers as professional pilots and follows the L3Harris Integrated ATPL training programme and the UWL BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with Commercial Pilot Training syllabus.

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The programme officially opens on 1 August 2024 but we are giving you the opportunity to apply early and realise the benefits of combining pilot training with a degree:

  • Eligible students have access to student financial bursaries from UWL which contribute towards the cost of flight training.
  • Access to maintenance loan funding to cover living costs during flight training
  • On successful completion of the course you’ll graduate with two professional qualifications, a BSc(Hons) degree and an ATPL, ready to start your pilot career.
  • UWL team onsite to support new students during induction.
  • Full  access to Student Services at UWL's Ealing and Brentford Campuses. 
  • 2 year programme so you will graduate and start your career sooner than 3 year degree.

Note: Applicants can opt-out of the degree element of the programme and just train for the Integrated ATPL during the application process.

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Airline Recruitment Partnerships:
British Airways, easyJet and Wizz Air UK

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With the Integrated ATPL plus BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with Commercial Pilot Training programme, you begin your pathway to a career as a pilot with British Airways, easyJet, Wizz Air UK and more, with just a £3,000 deposit. The course takes you from little or no flying experience to a fully qualified airline pilot in around 70 weeks and airlines make regular campus visits during that time. 

The benefits of training with L3Harris include:

  • Airline recruitment - leading airlines are hiring L3Harris graduates at a rapid pace
  • Airline 'tagging' - British Airways, easyJet and Wizz Air UK are now offering conditional offers of employment to students BEFORE they finish their training
  • Deposit of just £3,000 - to begin the first phase of training. Including your deposit, UK students* will only pay £9,000 of the course cost in the first four months of training

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Why train with L3Harris?

You complete your training at L3Harris flight schools across the UK and USA, all of which are approved by aviation regulators UKCAA and EASA:

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Integrated ATPL

Integrated ATPL course timeline

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

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 

Timeframes and cost based on UKCAA licence for students. For EASA licence options and international admissions, speak to our team.

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Integrated ATPL

Integrated ATPL plus BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with Commercial Pilot Training Cost

From £94,500 (£3,000* initial deposit)

Integrated ATPL plus BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with Commercial Pilot Training course cost includes:

  • Access to our Graduate Placement Pool
  • All flights and visas for training in Florida
  • Licence fees
  • All required training equipment
  • Training Assurance - For those eligible: provision for additional flight training if required

Additional costs to consider during your ATPL course:

Access to funding could be available. Contact our team to learn more.

Timeframes and cost based on UKCAA licence for students. For EASA licence options and international admissions, speak to our team.

*Deposit and subsequent payment plan specific to UK students. Contact our team for information around course cost and payment plans for international students.

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Integrated ATPL

Why Choose L3Harris?

We are part of the L3Harris Commercial Aviation business that combines Pilot Training, Flight Simulation, Flight Data Intelligence and Avionics. 

Leading airlines such as British Airways, easy Jet, Wizz Air UK and TUI are actively recruiting our graduates, plus the partnerships we have in place mean they are also offering conditional offers of employment to students currently in training!

Data-Driven ATPL training

Along with our £3,000 deposit* and multiple airline career pathways, what else 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 (your future employer!) 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.

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Integrated ATPL

Integrated ATPL plus BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management with Commercial Pilot Training 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)

Language

  • 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

Education

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics, Science and English Language
  • 80 UCAS points (applicant's who do not have the required UCAS points can still apply and will be put forward for the Integrated ATPL without degree)

Visas

  • 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.

Medical

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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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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.

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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. Our students benefit from career pathways with the likes of British Airways, easyJet, TUI and more airlines across the UK and Europe. Airlines not only recruit graduated cadets from our Graduated Placement Pool, they also now 'tag' students during their training!

Airline Relationships

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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