Pilot Training Programs and Courses

Accelerated Airline Pilot Track (AAPT)

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Graduate in 12 Months

AAPT is our flagship program and the quickest route to a job as a First Officer with one of the U.S. airlines we work with.

The L3Harris accelerated commercial pilot training program combines commercial pilot and Flight Instructor training to equip you with all the skills, knowledge and understanding needed. You will also have the opportunity to meet airline recruiters to discuss career and mentoring opportunities.

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Accelerated Airline Pilot Track (AAPT)

Accelerated Airline Pilot Track Timeline

We adopt milestone coaching sessions after each course of our accelerated commercial pilot training, preparing you for a successful airline pilot career.

By the end of this program you will earn:

1. Private Pilot Certificate - Accomplish aircraft fundamentals for a single-engine airplane.

2. Instrument Rating (IR) - Master the skill of relying on instruments, without needing to look out the window for flying in all kinds of weather.

3. Commercial Pilot Certificate – Earn the ability to be paid to fly a single-engine aircraft.

4. Certified Flight Instructor Certification (CFI and CFII) – Gain a new qualification allowing you to build the flight time required for airlines by educating the next generation of pilots.

5. Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating - Mastery in teaching all flight techniques, building flight hours and earning a salary.

To start your career

1. Multi-Engine Add-on Certificate – To fly for the airlines, you will need this certificate. This add-on is offered FREE to all graduates who go on to CFI employment with L3Harris.

2. Career! Upon 1500 hours of flight time you can join an airline as First Officer.

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Accelerated Airline Pilot Track (AAPT)

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A Discovery Flight is your opportunity to fly in an L3Harris plane and discuss with a CFI everything you need to know about training with L3Harris and becoming a pilot.

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Accelerated Airline Pilot Track (AAPT)

What Are My Career Prospects?

After completing accelerated commercial pilot training, 96% of L3Harris Flight Academy graduates that stay with us to build flight hours after obtaining their CFI-I, go on to be placed with airlines.

Our USA Flight Academy has strong relationships with airlines across the country.

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Accelerated Airline Pilot Track (AAPT)

Cost and Funding for Accelerated Airline Pilot Track

Accelerated Airline Pilot Training cost:

$97,500 Tuition fees (estimated)

Cost includes:

  • 225 hours of Ground School
  • 338.5 hours of Individualized Flight Instruction and Briefings
  • 185.5 hours in technical advanced aircraft, for example Cessna 172, Cirrus SR20, and Piper Archer
  • 44.2 hours in Flight Training Devices and Advanced Aviation Training Devices
  • On-site flight tests with Designated Pilot Examiners and Airman Certification Representatives - Click here for info
  • All required supplies, books, uniform, iPad, BOSE headset, safety management and flight planning software, and flight equipment - Click here for info
  • Personalized academic advising and career services - Click here for info
  • Unlimited tutoring and academic support - Click here for info

Opportunity to add on additional ratings:

Multi-Engine Add-on Certificate – To fly for the airlines, you will need this certificate. This add-on is offered FREE to all graduates who go on to CFI employment with L3Harris.

Financing options:

L3Harris Flight Academy offers a number of options to finance pilot training including Stratus Financial, Sallie Mae and Meritize; loans up to 100% of the cost of training.

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Accelerated Airline Pilot Track (AAPT)

Accelerated Airline Pilot Track Admission Requirements

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

  • At least 17 years old in order to receive your Private Pilot Certificate
  • Proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English
  • A high school graduate or GED completer
  • Able to obtain an FAA medical certificate

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Accelerated Airline Pilot Track FAQs

Where will I complete my Accelerated Airline Pilot Track pilot training?

Our Accelerated Airline Pilot Track program is taught at our Flight School in Orlando, Florida.

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. 100aircraft, 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.

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

During your Accelerated 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

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

You can fund your airline pilot program - AAPT - through flight training scholarships and pilot school loans such as Stratus Financial, Meritize and Sallie Mae. 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! You can fund your pilot training via a number of options:

1. Aviation Scholarships

2. Flight school loans

3. Stratus Financial loans

4. Meritize flight school student loans

5. Sallie Mae flight school student loans

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How do I get my Certified Flight Instructor rating?

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

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

You can get your Certified Flight Instructor rating at the L3Harris' aviation school in Orlando, Florida.

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

It takes around 12 months to complete your airline pilot program - AAPT (subject to scheduling).

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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).

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What is next after completing the AAPT 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!

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