L3Harris Flight Academy

Requirements & qualifications to become a pilot

Becoming a pilot is a life-changing career. One that sees you take to the skies in an office above the clouds; you’ll get to travel the world whilst making life-long friends and experiencing different countries and cultures.

What to expect?

As a commercial airline pilot, you’ll act as pilot-in-command (PIC) and be responsible for carrying passengers or cargo.

To kick start your journey to securing your Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and ultimately, your career to becoming a commercial pilot, you’ll need to meet all the requirements and have the relevant qualifications to start your training.

Commercial pilot requirements

To begin pilot training, you’ll need to meet the following minimum requirements to become a commercial pilot:

  • Age - Applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old at the start of the program
  • Medical - All applicants must provide a photocopy of an FAA Medical Certificate
  • Selection - Cadets must complete a Wonderlic assessment and meet or exceed the minimum score requirement of 17

It is also preferable if you have the following pilot requirements:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Excellent spatial awareness and coordination skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure (emotional stability)
  • Self-confidence
  • Desire to learn
  • Decisiveness & quick-thinking skills

For additional requirements please contact admissions.

Get in touch today and start your journey!

Do you have any questions about starting your pilot training journey at L3Harris Flight Academy? Please send us a message and an Admissions Officer will be happy to assist.

Our commercial pilot training programs

At L3Harris Flight Academy, we have a host of pilot training programs that will help you on your journey to becoming a commercial airline pilot.

Professional Pilot Program - This program is ideal for cadets looking to pursue a career as a Flight Instructor or as an airline pilot. Upon completion, you will graduate with a Private Pilot Certificate, Commercial Single and Multi-Engine Certificate, Instrument Rating and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate. Graduates will be guaranteed an interview to become a Flight Instructor and have access to pilot pathways with our 11 affiliate airlines.

  • Cost: $83,995
  • Duration: 56 weeks
  • Location: Sanford, Florida

Airline Pilot Track - This program has been designed for cadets whose goal is to pursue a career in aviation, training them to become Certified Flight Instructors or commercial pilots in as little as 12 months. Upon completion, you will graduate with a Private Pilot Certificate, Commercial Single-Engine Certificate, Instrument Rating and Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate and Flight Instructor Rating. Graduates will be guaranteed an interview to become a Flight Instructor and have access to pilot pathways with our 11 affiliate airlines.

  • Cost: $83,995
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Location: Sanford, Florida

Commercial Pilot Track - This program is suited to individuals who have no interest in becoming a Certified Flight Instructor but aspire to be a commercial pilot for a regional or major airline.

  • Cost: $66,995
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Location:  Sanford, Florida
Programs and courses

How to become a pilot in the USA

Our Flight Academy is equipped to start your career as a pilot, whether you’re just leaving school or later in life. L3Harris help people reach their dreams.

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