L3Harris Airline Academy

Pilot training programs
and courses

Our FAA-approved pilot training courses and Nationally Accredited pilot training programs are for all levels of flying experience and are designed to help you become a successful commercial pilot, Flight Instructor, cargo pilot or private pilot!

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We offer a range of commercial pilot training programs including: Professional Pilot Program (PPP), Airline Pilot Track (APT) and Commercial Pilot Track (CTP) as well as college degrees in aviation.

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FAA pilot training programs

Our PPP and APT programs offer a guaranteed interview to become an L3Harris Flight Instructor where you can build up the necessary flying hours to apply for a role as a First Officer. PPP cadets - if they qualify - are eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

While our CPT program is ideal for cadets looking to pursue a career as a commercial pilot but are not necessarily interested in becoming a Flight Instructor.

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Professional Pilot Program (PPP)

Our Professional Pilot Program is our commercial pilot training for cadets looking to pursue a career as a Flight Instructor or as an airline pilot.

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Airline Pilot Track (APT)

Airline Pilot Track takes students with little or no flying experience, and training them to become qualified commercial pilots.

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Commercial Pilot Track (CPT)

Our CPT program is an accelerated training course for individuals aspiring to become a commercial pilot, but may not want to become a Flight Instructor.

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Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP)

The Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) is the starting point for obtaining your FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) License.

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Saudi Arabian Professional Pilot Training

The L3Harris Flight Academy Saudi Arabian Pilot Training programs were designed for those in Saudi Arabia who wish to become commercial pilots.

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Korean Pilot Training

The L3Harris Flight Academy Professional Pilot Program is ideal for Korean citizens seeking a career as a professional pilot.

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Degrees and courses

Completing an airline pilot degree in partnership with Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) or Jacksonville University means you will graduate with both a degree and a pilot license.

In addition to our programs, we have pilot training courses designed to help new and experienced pilots qualify in particular aviation certificates and ratings such as a Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating.

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Airline Pilot Degrees

Earn an airline pilot degree and start your pilot career through our university partners - Seminole State College of Florida and Jacksonville University.

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Private Pilot License (PPL) Training

Our Part 61 PPL training will provide you with the resources and skills necessary to take to the skies and earn your Private Pilot License PPL.

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Type Rating Programs and Aviation Certificate Courses

Our Flight Academy offers several self-paced Type Rating programs, aviation certificate courses and recurrent training for both Part 141 or Part 61 training.

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Instrument Rating Training

Our Instrument Rating training course is designed for cadets who hold a Private Pilot License and are looking to develop their capabilities as a pilot.

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Airline programs

We build strong connections and long-standing relationships with airlines worldwide, providing excellent opportunities for our cadet pilots.

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IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program

Selected by IndiGo from day one, you will embark upon a unique route of training.

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Flight Instructor programs

L3Harris Airline Academy in Sanford, Florida offers aspiring pilots excellent opportunities to become a professional pilot with an international airline.

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Le & Partners’ Flight Instructor Program

Cadets who receive their Multi-Engine Instrument Certificate have an opportunity to stay with L3Harris after graduation and be employed as a Flight Instructor.

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Approved FAA training

We are a global leader in pilot training and our graduates are highly sought after by airlines globally. Graduates that stay with us to become a CFI and build flight hours go on to work with one of our 11 affiliate airlines such as Air Wisconsin, United Express, Empire Airlines. Our aim is to offer a seamless career pathway from commercial pilot training to becoming an airline pilot!

Undertaking FAA pilot training is an investment in becoming a pilot in the USA. Which pilot training program or course is right for you will depend on your career aspirations and goals.

You’ll be based at our Orlando Flight School in Florida with access to modern facilities; learn from professional Flight Instructors on five different flight training devices (FTDs), and a fleet of approximately 80 single and multi-engine aircraft.

Our airline relationships

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.

Pilot training FAQs

What are my career prospects?

We have affiliations with 11 regional airlines that visit campus regularly to interview our CFIs for First Officer positions and help you seamlessly transition into your role as an airline pilot!

Both the Professional Pilot Program and the Airline Pilot Track are designed to both prepare you to work for an airline. Graduates will earn a Flight Instructor Certificate, guaranteeing them a job interview to become a Flight Instructor with L3Harris.

This gives our PPP and ATP graduates a source of income while building their 1,500 hours needed to qualify for First Officer positions with regional airlines.

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How much does pilot training cost?

How much does pilot training cost?

  1. Professional Pilot Program cost = $83,995
  2. Airline Pilot Track cost = $83,995
  3. Commercial Pilot Track cost = $66,995
  4. Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) cost = $3,150

The cost of pilot training is reflective of several things from the quality of training, access to cutting edge facilities, career prospects, and future earning potential.

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What are your funding options for pilot training?

L3Harris Flight Academy offers a variety of financial aid to support our future pilots with their pilot training costs. We currently offer a range of flight school scholarships, as well as Title IV funding and private loans. As we are accredited in the same way as a College in the United States, our PPP cadets are also eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid if they qualify.

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What aircraft fleet will I be training on?

Our aircraft fleet is one of the largest fleets in Florida. With over 100 single-and-multi-engine aircraft (with steam gauge and all-glass cockpits). Cadets will train on the very best facilities.

As a cadet at our Flight School, you can expect to have the opportunity to fly one of our single-engine aircraft, including:

  • Cirrus SR20
  • Cessna 172P & 172SP
  • Piper Archer PA28

As well as an aircraft from our multi-engine fleet, including:

  • Piper Seminole

All our Flight School aircraft are IFR certified and maintained and inspected to the highest safety standards by our dedicated team of FAA-certified Airframe and Mechanics. This gives all our pilots the best and safest possible flying experiences.

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How long does the pilot program take?

Many of our cadets on our PPP and APT courses complete their training in 15-22.5 (PPP) and 12-18 months (APT). For our Private Pilot License course you will need to complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight time. Our college degree aviation courses can take between 2 to 4 years to complete.

What criteria do I need to meet to apply for commercial pilot training?

Many of our airline pilot training programs & courses require little or no previous flying experience or pilot qualifications! However, there are criteria you’ll need to meet to be eligible, these are broken down by:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Medical
  • Visa

No matter your background, you can pursue your aspirations of becoming a pilot with L3Harris.

For example, to apply for our airline pilot training programs & courses you will need to be at least 17 years and 6 months old, a USA citizen or carry a valid international passport to apply as an international student. All airline pilot training applicants will also need to obtain an FAA Medical Certificate and be covered by medical insurance for the duration of their training.

Can I choose where I do my commercial pilot training?

For all pilot training programs and courses, and for cadets who are in receipt of an L3Harris Pilot Pathways Scholarship, commercial pilot training will need to be completed at our Sanford campus in central Florida.

Our Orlando Flight School is equipped with modern facilities and professional trainers ready to help you complete your pilot license training.

With over 100 Flight Instructors, and over 100 single and multi-engine aircraft, as well as eight flight simulators and five FTDs, we are ready to launch your pilot career.

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Is your pilot training accredited?

Our commercial pilot training programs are Nationally Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Meaning our programs are held to a standard that ensures quality education that enhances student success in the workforce.

Our pilot training programs include:

  • Professional Pilot Program
  • Airline Pilot Track
  • Commercial Pilot Track

Is your pilot training FAA Part 141 approved?

Our pilot training courses are approved under 14 CFR Part 141. Meaning our aircraft and training syllabi are certified as upholding the highest safety and efficiency standards. All courses are also offered under 14 CFR Part 61 allowing the flexibility to train part-time if needed.

Our pilot training courses include:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Single-Engine Initial Certificate
  • Commercial Multi Additional Rating
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Initial Certificate
  • Commercial Single Additional Rating
  • Flight Instructor Single-Engine Certificate
  • Flight Instructor Instrument Rating
  • Flight Instructor Multi-Engine Rating
  • ATP CTP

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