Pilot training programs and courses

Airline Pilot Track (APT)

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

Airline pilot program and Flight Instructor course

Our airline pilot program - Airline Pilot Track (APT) - has been created for anyone whose goal is to pursue a career in aviation, taking students with little or no flying experience, and training them to become qualified commercial pilots or a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) in as little as 12 months.

This airline pilot program - APT - is regarded as our quickest route to a job as a First Officer - often with one of 11 regional airlines we work with.

The APT program combines commercial pilot training and Flight Instructor training to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and understanding to advance your career.

The Flight Instructor Certificate with Instrument Rating (CFI-I) means on graduation you will be guaranteed an interview to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) with L3Harris in Sanford, enabling you to earn money while building 1,500 flight hours the FAA requires before finding a First Officer role with a regional airline.

Please note, the APT is eligible for grants and state loans to assist with funding, but not Federal Student Aid or the F1 Student Visa (unlike our commercial pilot training program - Professional Pilot Program).

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Airline Pilot Track (APT)

What are my career prospects?

The L3Harris Airport Pilot Track is the quickest route to becoming a First Officer with a Regional Airline - often with one of the 11 affiliate airlines we work with (with pathways to United, American, and Delta). In fact, after taking our commercial pilot training program, 96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours after obtaining their Certified Flight Instructor Rating, go on to be placed with airlines.

Our dedicated admissions and student services professionals are on campus to help guide you through your airline pilot program - APT - from start to finish and our Certified Flight Instructor training also ends with a guaranteed Flight Instructor interview upon graduation - so you have the best chance of making it in your aviation profession.

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Prior flying experience?

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Airline Pilot Track (APT)

Do you already have flying experience?

Students with prior flying experience may be eligible for credit toward training and ratings. Students requesting a review of any flight time, ground school, or exams for the possibility of transfer must notify their Admissions representative during the enrollment process.

Applying for transfer credit

All requests for transfer credit must be submitted for review no later than two weeks before the program start date; no exceptions made. Credit that may be assigned is governed by Federal Aviation Regulations 141.77(b). L3Harris Flight Academy will accept transfer credit on a case-by-case basis.

Flight Instructor employment

Upon successful completion of the Airline Pilot Track Flight Instructor training, L3Harris Flight Academy will guarantee students an interview to be potentially employed as a Certified Flight Instructor. This will allow you to build your flight hours and Certified Flight Instructor training.

Hiring process for the Airline Pilot Track

Hiring is based on multiple factors, including the candidate's past Flight Instructor training performance, communication, and teaching skills, as well as successful completion of L3Harris Flight Academy's Certified Flight Instructor Standardization Course.

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Airline Pilot Track (APT)

Earn a degree after graduating from our commercial pilot training - APT

As a benefit of being one of our Flight Instructors, L3Harris Flight Academy may reimburse up to 50% of the tuition of an A.A. degree from Seminole State College (SSC) of Florida.

Seminole State College of Florida

A degree partnership is available to our full-time Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) who are graduates of the Airline Pilot Track (APT). Qualified CFIs are now eligible to apply to our Tuition Reimbursement Program and earn a two-year Associate in Arts Degree from Seminole State College (SSC) of Florida.

How it works

L3Harris will reimburse Airline Pilot Track graduates up to 50% of in-state tuition expenses incurred through Seminole State College A.A. degree program, for those who qualify for full APT credit transfer. Up to 25.5 credit hours earned through L3Harris Flight Academy’s APT may be eligible for transfer directly to an SSC’s Associates Degree program.

Go State. Go Far

Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965 is part of the public Florida College System. It serves more than 32,000 students across size sites in Central Florida with campuses in Altamonte Springs, Heathrow, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary.

More about the College

Seminole State College of Florida offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs, including five bachelor's degrees. It is the 15th largest granter of Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees in the nation. SSC's A.A. degrees are transferable to most state universities in the United States.

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Airline Pilot Track (APT)

Airline Pilot Track training admission requirements

Minimum admission requirements are as follows, for additional requirements please contact admissions.


Applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old at the start of the program.


All applicants must provide a photocopy of an FAA Medical Certificate.


Cadets must complete a Wonderlic assessment and meet or exceed the minimum score requirement of 17.

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Airline Pilot Track (APT)

Cost of this Airline Pilot Track Program with Certified FI Rating

Airline pilot training program cost:

  • Airline Pilot Track tuition fees (estimated): $83,995
  • Airline Pilot Track application fee: $150

Estimated additional costs for the airline pilot training program and Flight Instructor course:

  • Books, supplies, and mandatory electronic Flight Instructor training materials: $5,000
  • Transportation, room, and board during the airport pilot program: $22,350
  • TSA AFSP application (non-United States citizens): $260 ($130 each for two courses)
  • TSA fingerprinting (non-United States citizens): $99 (one time)
  • ID Badge (mandatory): $50 annual

Please note:

Pricing for the Airport Pilot Track is current. All prices are estimated and based on the Training Course Outline (TCO) hours it takes a cadet to go through the various Certified Flight Instructor courses. All prices are subject to change.

Each cadet's experience may vary, and hours or Flight Instructor training costs may be different than what is quoted here. Prices include fuel and flight tests (unless a student pilot fails the exam, then additional flight test charges will apply).

The airline pilot program - APT - prices do not include fuel surcharge, over-flight charges from TCO, admission fees, books, supplies, TSA processing, visa application fees, and extensions.

Pilot training cost & funding

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Airline Pilot Track (APT)

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.

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    those who qualify
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    to build flight hours
  • 100+ single and multi-engine

Airline Pilot Track FAQs

Where will I complete my Airline Pilot Track pilot training?

Our Airline Pilot Track program is taught at our Flight School in Orlando, Florida. Our commercial pilot training programs are Nationally Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, giving you peace of mind that our programs are certified as upholding the highest safety and efficiency standards.

We have state-of-the-art technology and facilities to make your Flight Instructor course and airline pilot training program even more successful!

Our academic building, knowledge testing center, and simulation and aircraft maintenance building provide the most effective and efficient environment to complete your commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor training. Cadets have access to a fleet of approx. 80 aircraft, five Flight Training Devices (FTDs), and 8 flight simulators - enabling you to gain all of the essential theory and practical skills needed to take to the skies.

Other facilities include our high-tech operations center, dispatch center, high-intensity runway lighting, AWOS weather reporting system, FAA control tower, and pre and post-flight briefing areas.

What aircraft will I learn on during Airline Pilot Track training?

During your Airline Pilot Track, you will get the chance to fly several different aircraft. Our aircraft fleet is one of the largest in Florida, consisting of approx. 100 single and multi-engine airplanes, including:

  • Cessna 172 Skyhawks - a reliable, dependable, easy-to-fly aircraft that is appreciated by both pilots and students completing their Flight Instructor training
  • Cirrus SR20s - a six-cylinder engine perfect for an airline pilot program that maximizes all available horsepower, reaching cruising speeds of 155 knots
  • Piper Archer PA28 - this model’s unremarkable handling characteristics make it the perfect aircraft for a Flight Instructor course
  • Piper Seminole PA44 - this exemplary instrument flying platform makes landings uncomplicated, meaning that this is an excellent aircraft for Certified Flight Instructor training

How can I fund my Airline Pilot Track & Flight Instructor training?

You can fund your airline pilot program - APT - through our flight training scholarships and pilot school loans. There’s also the option for transfer credit for those who already have experience with flying.

Whilst pilot training is a large investment, it is an investment in your future, towards securing one of the best jobs in the world!

Am I eligible for Federal Financial Aid for my Airline Pilot Track program?

Unlike our Professional Pilot Program, cadets will not be able to apply for Federal Financial Aid which could cover up to 100% of your pilot training costs. For more information, get in touch with our financial aid team - usfinancialaid.cts@l3harris.com.

How do I get my Certified Flight Instructor rating?

You can get your Certified Flight Instructor rating by completing our Airline Pilot Track program.

Where will I train to complete my Certified Flight Instructor training?

You can get your Certified Flight Instructor rating at the L3Harris USA campus in Orlando, Florida.

How long does it take to get an airline pilot’s license from the Airline Pilot Track program?

It takes between 12-18 months to complete your airline pilot program - APT (subject to scheduling).

How long does it take to become a Flight Instructor?

It takes approximately 12 months to obtain your Certified Flight Instructor rating (subject to scheduling).

What’s the difference between Professional Pilot Program, Airline Pilot Track & Commercial Pilot Track?

PPP, APT, and CPT courses all offer different qualifications and routes into careers in aviation.

With a PPP, you will graduate with a Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Single and Multi-Engine Certificates and Add-on Ratings, as well as a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. You are also eligible for Federal Financial Aid should you qualify.

APT courses offer similar certifications to our PPP, but offer a less specific career direction and no eligibility for Federal Financial Aid. The APT is ideal for cadets who are less certain about the aviation career they wish to pursue and puts graduates in a great position to pursue any number of aviation careers.

With the CPT you will graduate with the same qualifications as a PPP, except that you will not receive a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. CPT cadets are also not available for Federal Financial Aid. CPT courses are ideal for cadets looking to become Commercial Pilots but are not interested in working as a Flight Instructor.

What is next after completing the APT program?

After completing your Flight Instructor training or commercial pilot training program, you are guaranteed an interview with L3Harris to become a Certified Flight Instructor, where you can help others to learn to fly and gain flying hours to become a professional commercial pilot. The choice is yours!

Have L3Harris Flight Academy secured any employment opportunities for graduates in 2021?

Yes. In fact, our Placement teams found 40 graduates in the USA employment opportunities in 2021, joining a selection of our 11 regional airline pilot pathways.

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 apply today. Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to our Flight Academy!

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