• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Cost: €78,000
    • Status: Full-time
    • Duration: Our Integrated ATPL programme takes approximately 18-24 months
    • Type: ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence)
    • Required experience: Little or none
    • Location: We’ve been training pilots since 1979 and our state-of-the-art, purpose-built Academy in Ponte de Sor, Portugal is one of the largest in Europe
    • Training: State-of-the-art facilities and latest-generation devices
    • Fleet: Modern training aircraft including Piper Archer PA28 with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 Instrumentation. Similar to that found on the big jets
  • Graduation qualifications
    Graduation qualifications
    • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training
    • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
    • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR)
    • Single Engine (SEP) Rating
    • Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)
    • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) Certificate
    • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)
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Pilot training courses

EASA Integrated ATPL course

Our EASA Integrated ATPL full-time course is designed to take you from little to no flying experience to successfully obtaining your ‘frozen ATPL’. 

Train for your EASA ATPL licence

To become a commercial pilot and fly for airlines registered in the European Union, you must complete an EASA approved ATPL qualification. The ATPL combines both theoretical basics and practical flying hours enabling you to obtain your ‘frozen ATPL’ on successful completion of the programme.

You will graduate with a 'frozen ATPL' when you have successfully completed your pilot training with L3Harris. In order to unfreeze your ATPL and qualify as a Co-Pilot you will need to complete the required 1,500 flight hours.

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EASA Integrated ATPL course

Where will my EASA Integrated ATPL course take place?

Your EASA Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) course will take place at our Portugal Airline Academy in Ponte de Sor. This modern airline academy benefits from over 300 days providing cadets with plenty of time to take to the skies. As well as full flight simulators, 1800-meter runway and a dedicated Instrument Landing System (ILS) on a 260,000 sq. ft site to help cadets learn both the theoretical and practical flying skills required to become a successful pilot.

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EASA Integrated ATPL course

What are my career prospects?

The Airline Transport Pilot Licence is one of the highest qualifications you can achieve as a pilot. It enables you to be a pilot in command of a passenger aircraft.

Once you have successfully completed your EASA ATPL course at our Ponte de Sor, Portugal, you will obtain your Integrated Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL):

  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR)
  • Single Engine (SEP) Rating
  • Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)
  • Multi-Crew Coopertion (MCC) Certificate
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)

We are committed to helping you find your first job as a Co-Pilot with an airline in the European Union. Our strong relationships with airlines around the world have enabled us to understand their staffing and training requirement to ensure our cadets are sufficiently prepared for their role post training. 

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EASA Integrated ATPL course

EASA ATPL Integrated course cost

EASA ATPL Portugal cost: €78,000 

Fee structure:

  • Initial deposit: €8,000
  • Followed by 14 monthly equal instalments (first instalment payable at the start of first month of training)
  • Total course price payable over 15 instalments

What is included in the price? 

  • All training and equipment 
  • Uniform (excludes flight bag) 
  • Airfield fees 
  • Licence issue 
  • ATPL Theoretical Knowledge exams (first attempt only) 
  • CPL IR and SEP exams (first attempt only) 
  • Test of English for Aviation (TEA) – ICAO English Language Proficiency Requirements for licencing purposes 

Additional costs to consider: 

  • Accommodation
  • Travel to and from the training location 
  • Selection fee: Currently free of charge
  • EASA Class 1 Medical 
  • Personal insurances 
  • Visas (if required) 
  • Additional training above and beyond what is included in the programme (if required) 
  • Food and other personal living costs 
  • iPad (Generation 2 or above) 
How to fund your pilot training
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How long does the course take?

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EASA Integrated ATPL course

EASA Integrated ATPL course footprint

  • 89 weeks Total
  • 37 weeks Basic Training
    (Ground School)
  • 52 weeks Flight Training
    (Foundation and advanced)




Basic training (Ground school)

Theoretical Knowledge training; Classroom and computer-based.

37 weeks*

Flight training (Foundation)

Single-engine piston aircraft.


Basic instrument flying.

22 weeks*

Flight training (Advanced)

Single-engine piston aircraft and SIMS.


Commercial and instrument flight training (aircraft and simulator training).


Performance Based Navigation (PBN).


Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

21 weeks*

Flight training (Multi-Engine)

Multi Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft training.


Multi Engine Piston (MEP) simulator training.

5 weeks*

Flight training (Multi-Crew Cooperation)

Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC).

4 weeks*

* Subject to scheduling


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EASA Integrated ATPL course

Entry criteria

To be accepted onto our EASA ATPL course based in Ponte de Sor, Portugal, you must meet the following criteria: 

For further information, please read our guide to qualifications & requirements to become a pilot. 

Age and height

Be at least 17 to submit an application.


Be at least 18 to commence training.


Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191cm).

Education and English language

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, or international equivalent, for example in Portugal: Secondary School (Year 12) completion certificate; including Mathematics, Physics and English language.


Be fluent in English (verbal 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.


Be able to obtain:


EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions for EASA licence.


Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland (e.g. EEA/Swiss national, UK national with EU settled or pre-settled status, etc).




Meet the European Union requirements to qualify for an EU Student or Study visa.

Background and selection

Produce a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before training can commence.


Pass L3Harris’ selection process.

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EASA Integrated ATPL course

Selection process onto the EASA Integrated ATPL course

Stage 1 - Research


Stage 2 - Application


Stage 3 - Interview, Assessment, Testing

EASA Integrated ATPL course FAQs

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.

To obtain your UKCAA licence your pilot training is based at our flight school in the UK.

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.

To obtain your EASA licence your pilot training will be based across our flight schools in the UK, Ponte de Sor, Portugal and Ireland.

During EASA Integrated ATPL, what aircraft fleet will I train on?

At our Portugal Flight School in Ponte de Sor, cadets will train on:

  • Diamond DA42
  • Cessna C-172
  • Piper PA28

What are my funding options for my EASA ATPL course?

Our EASA Integrated ATPL is a self-funded course by way of savings, or a loan secured against a property.

Whilst we are unable to provide you with financial advice, we would suggest potential cadets speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers.

Discover your airline pilot training funding and finance options.

Have L3Harris Airline Academy secured any employment opportunities for graduate cadets in 2022?

Yes. At the time of writing (mid-March 2022), thanks to the hard work of our Graduate Placement team and our strong airline relationships we can announce that more than 100 of our UK and European graduates have been offered employment opportunities since January 1st 2022 - with 50+ joining EasyJet and nearly 30 who have started their Type Rating with Ryanair.

Is it the same medical regardless of which licence I train for?

No. If you are training towards the UKCAA licence you will need a UKCAA Class 1 Medical without restrictions. If you are training towards the Irish IAA licence you will need an EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions.

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.

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.

With regards to Brexit, what type of licence will I get at the end of the course? UKCAA or EASA?

The type of licence issued on successful completion of training is optional. Cadets are offered the choice to study towards a UKCAA licence or an EASA licence, which we issue via Ireland. Please note there is an additional cost of £3,000 for the Irish IAA licence.

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 price of the dual licence is £85,950 and 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.

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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Take your first step towards becoming an airline pilot and start your application - you don't need to complete it in one attempt. Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our selection events!

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