L3Harris Flight Academy

Are you ready to launch your career as an airline pilot at our Flight Academy right here in central Florida? When you train at L3Harris Flight Academy, not only are you learning to fly, we train you to become the best commercial pilot you possibly can be.

Airline pilot. We make it happen.

We have over 40 years heritage in pilot training, world class in-house Flight Instructors, modern training fleet, and relationships with 11 airlines. As a result 96% of our pilot graduates, who go on to become L3Harris Flight Instructors, are placed at an airline, after completing their 1,500 hours.

At L3Harris Flight Academy, we help you achieve your dreams of becoming a private or commercial airline pilot via our Nationally Accredited pilot training programs. Our Professional Pilot Program (PPP), Accelerated Airline Pilot Track (AAPT), and Commercial Pilot Track (CPT) programs will take you from zero flying experience to a professional pilot.

Learn how to kick start your journey to becoming a pilot in the USA at our aviation academy today. Click on the button below to find out more about our pilot career pathways, your journey from cadet to regional airlines to the majors!

Pilot pathways


Our new partnership with Spirit Airlines!

We're delighted to announce our latest Pilot Pathway with Spirit Airlines! Click the link below to learn more!

Pilot Pathway with Spirit

  • 100% funding available to 
    those who qualify
  • 11 airline 
  • 96% graduates who stay as CFI
    placed with airlines
  • 90+ single and multi-engine 

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USA commercial pilot school programs

Becoming a pilot at L3Harris Flight Academy means your training will be Nationally Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, guiding you towards a successful career as a fully qualified commercial airline pilot, or helping you on your journey to becoming a private pilot.

Your pilot training will take place at our commercial flight school in Florida.

Pilot training programs and courses

I wanted to make flying the career for me, which led me to make this 10,000-mile journey halfway across the world to pursue the Professional Pilot Program at L3Harris Flight Academy.

Academy Testimonial Sharonjeet Dhillon Sharonjeet Dhillon L3Harris graduate
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Why is L3Harris Flight Academy different?

At our aviation academy, pilots will train in Florida and benefit from more than 300 days of sunny weather a year, giving our cadets more time to fly than anywhere else.

Cadets will spend time with like-minded people and get taught by leading Flight Instructors at state-of-the-art facilities, using technology such as our Flight Training Devices and Advanced Aviation Training Devices. Not forgetting, the access cadets have to 11 airlines can help to create a seamless transition from Flight Academy to a major airline.

  • We have 40+ years of heritage in pilot training
  • We have affiliations with 11 airlines that regularly interview our CFIs for First Officer positions
  • Our airline pilot school is located at Sanford International Airport allowing us to share airspace, runways, and air traffic control with international commercial jets
  • Graduates of our Professional Pilot Program and Accelerated Airline Pilot Track will complete their program with a Flight Instructor Certificate and a guaranteed job interview to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) with L3Harris. You can build the required 1,500 hours of flying time needed to qualify to be an airline First Officer
  • 96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours go on to be placed with an airline
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L3Harris Flight Academy

Our Florida flight school

Our Orlando Flight School, located at the Sanford International Airport, offers Nationally Accredited pilot training programs delivered by experienced Flight Instructors in purpose-built facilities for an unparalleled learning experience.

Orlando Flight School

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Cost and funding

There are many ways to raise the funding needed for your pilot training. We understand how daunting funding your training may first appear, as well as, the importance of investing in the right program to secure your dream role in aviation.

Through Meritize and Sallie Mae, you are able to borrow up up to 100% of the cost of pilot training at L3Harris Flight Academy in Sanford, Florida.

Pilot training cost & funding

Take a trial flight

Undertaking any form of aviation training is a large personal and financial investment. If you have never had the chance to fly a plane before then booking a trial flight is a great way to see if it is the right choice for you.

During a trial flight a Certified Flight Instructor can explain what is involved in becoming a pilot and give you a flavor of life in the air. 

Book a Discovery Flight

How to become a pilot in the USA

Our Flight Academy takes cadets with little or no experience and trains them to become commercial airline pilots. Whether you’re just leaving high school, a veteran of the USA Armed Forces or a career changer, discover what your future holds at our commercial pilot school.

Flight Academy FAQs

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of my pilot training?

Graduates from our Professional Pilot Program (PPP) and Accelerated Airline Pilot Track (AAPT) are guaranteed a job interview to become a Flight Instructor with L3Harris. Whilst acting as a CFI with us, you can build up the 1,500 hours required to qualify for a First Officer with a regional airline.

What’s more, we have affiliations with 11 USA airlines that frequently visit our L3Harris Flight Academy to provide advice and support for cadets as well as regularly conduct interviews to create a seamless transition from CFI to First Officer.

Airline relationships

What qualifications do I need to commence my pilot training?

Applicants must meet 1 of the following requirements:

  • Must have a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Must have completed 24 college credit hours from an accredited institution with a minim cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Hold a Private Pilot’s Certificate with verification of high school diploma or GED

The applicant will also be required to:

  • Complete a Wonderlic assessment and meet or exceed the minimum score
  • Submit a 250-word essay explaining the reason for applying to L3Harris Flight Academy

Qualifications to become a pilot

How much does pilot training cost and how can I fund my pilot training?

How much does pilot training cost and how can I fund my pilot training?

The cost of pilot training varies depending on the course you’re looking to undertake.

Our Professional Pilot Program price starts from $83,995 – click here for more information on Professional Pilot Program prices.

Our Accelerated Airline Pilot Track program prices start from $83,995 – click here for more information on Accelerated Airline Pilot Track prices.

Our Commercial Pilot Track program prices start from $66,995 – click here for more information on Commercial Pilot Track prices.

To help students finance their commercial pilot education and training, L3Harris Flight Academy offers loans, grants and private alternative funding:

Flight School Loans:

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What facilities do you have at your Flight Academy?

At our Orlando Flight Academy, cadets will have access to:

  • FAA control tower
  • Four runways
  • The airspace surrounding Sanford International Airport
  • Eight multi-media equipped classrooms
  • Learning resource center
  • Study rooms
  • Knowledge testing center
  • Office spaces
  • Flight Training Devices (single-engine and multi-engine aircraft)
  • Briefing rooms
  • Dispatch center
  • Pre-flight planning areas
  • Post-flight briefing areas
  • Weather service computers and phones
  • Flight Training Managers
  • Student affairs offices
  • Sky Shop
  • Aircraft: Cessna 172 Skyhawks | Cirrus SR20s | Piper PA28 Archers | Piper PA44 Seminoles

Orlando Flight School


Students named as Piper Brand Ambassadors

L3Harris students named as Piper Brand Ambassadors

How much does a pilot earn in the USA?

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Upcoming events

Open Days

Be A Pilot Career Expo: Sanford, Florida - February 17, 2023

Join us at our Flight Academy at Sanford International Airport, Florida for the Open House event on February 17.

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