• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Cost: €78,000
    • Status: Full-time
    • Duration: Our Integrated ATPL programme takes approx. 18-24 months to complete giving the industry time to recover
    • 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)
  • Supporting downloads

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

Our EASA Integrated ATPL course is designed to take you from little to no flying experience to successfully obtaining your ‘frozen ATPL’ approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

An EASA ATPL means you can fly for airlines registered in the European Union - such as TAP Air Portugal, Ryanair and easyJet on - EASA-registered aircraft.

To show our commitment to helping aspiring aviators become pilots during the current climate, we’ve launched three initiatives applicable to cadets enroling on our November 2021 EASA ATPL course:

EASA Integrated ATPL course


To show our commitment to aspiring pilots we have launched two accommodation offers for cadets that enrol in the November 2021 class.

FREE accommodation during ground school

ALL cadets that enrol in the November 2021 class will receive FREE accommodation during ground school. That’s 9 months accommodation on campus - with a value of €3,000 - for no extra cost.

Aviation Industry Recovery (AIR) accommodation grant

The first 8 aspiring pilots to enrol in the EASA Integrated ATPL November 2021 class will also receive an AIR accommodation grant - FREE accommodation throughout training both ground school and flight training.

These limited offers are based on a shared occupancy basis and are only available to cadets that enrol in the EASA Integrated ATPL programme in Ponte de Sor, Portugal.

Additional fees will apply for single occupancy.

Speak to a member of the team for full details.

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The Pilot Ready Promise

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EASA Integrated ATPL course

Pilot Ready Promise

Enrol in our November 2021 training class and qualify for the L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise.

On successful completion of EASA Integrated ATPL training you qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

It’s a regulatory requirement to revalidate your Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME/IR) every year in order to keep your licence current and up-to-date. At L3Harris we are offering all EASA Integrated ATPL graduates FREE revalidation exams for 2 years after graduation or until employment as a pilot (either commercial or private including as a pilot flight instructor) whichever comes first.

How to qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise

All cadets that enrol and start training before 6 December 2021 will qualify for the Pilot Ready Promise.

On successful completion of EASA Integrated ATPL training cadets will be entitled to FREE ME/IR revalidation exams – Year 1 in a Diamond DA42 SIM and Year 2 in a Diamond DA42 aircraft - that’s a potential cost saving of €2,600 over 2 years and means you have one less thing to worry about until you find airline employment.

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


1. Overview

There are two stages to our selection process onto the EASA Integrated ATPL course. Our graduates are considered to be among the best in the industry - it all begins with our rigorous selection process.


2. Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if your application meets L3Harris requirements.


3. Selection day

On successful completion of your behavioural tests you will be invited to a selection day, which currently consists of 6 aptitude assessments followed by an interview.

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EASA ATPL course costs

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 
  • Access to L3Harris Pilot Ready Promise - FREE licence renewals for up to 2 years or until employment with airline 

Additional costs to consider: 

  • Accommodation during flight training - can be purchased via L3Harris or sourced independently 
  • Travel to and from the training location 
  • Selection fee: Free of charge until the end of 2021
  • 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

What are my career prospects?

Once you have successfully completed your EASA ATPL course at our Ponte de Sor, Portugal, you will obtain your ATPL.  

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with:  

  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR) 
  • Single Engine (SEP) Rating 
  • Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) 
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (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 such as British Airways, easyJet, Icelandair, IndiGo, Royal Brunei, Ryanair, TAP, Turkish and Wizz Air 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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Dual licence

Utilising our knowledge and experience of delivering UKCAA and EASA training we can now offer a combined solution.

Key features of the L3Harris dual licence:

  • Follows the same course footprint as Integrated ATPL, but cadets will complete both UKCAA and EASA Theoretical Knowledge exams
  • Additional flying hours to meet both UKCAA and EASA regulatory requirements
  • Skills tests must be taken in both UK and EU airspace
  • Prices start from £85,950

The hybrid course will be available to new cadets as early December 2021 and will open greater opportunities when they graduate training, as they will be able to begin careers with either UKCAA or EASA registered airline operators.

For more information speak with a member of the team on +44 (0)1293 491381 or email us at pilotcareers.cts@l3harris.com.

You don’t need to make a decision right now, you can submit your application today and confirm if you want to take the dual licence option when you complete selection.

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EASA Integrated ATPL course FAQs

What is the difference between EASA and UKCAA?

EASA stands for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. An EASA licence enables you to fly an EASA-registered aircraft for an airline in the European Union. EASA aircraft fall under the regulations of the European Safety Agency.

UKCAA stands for the UK Civil Aviation Authority. A UKCAA licence enables you to fly a UK-registered aircraft. UKCAA aircraft fall under the regulations of the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

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 will must have a right to live and work in the EU.

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

Where will my EASA ATPL course take place?

Your EASA 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.

You will have stylish and comfortable accommodation on campus for the duration of your course as well as a large, light and airy on-site restaurant.

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 2021?

Yes. In fact, our Placement teams found 42 graduates in the UK and Europe employment opportunities between August 2021 and November 2021.

These employment opportunities, alongside increasing demand for international travel, are both really strong signs that the aviation industry is recovering and also allow us to look to the future with renewed energy.

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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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