Pilot training programs and courses

Commercial Pilot Track (CPT)

Our Commercial Pilot Track (CPT) program is a flight training course for individuals aspiring to become a commercial pilot, but may not be interested in becoming a Flight Instructor.

Commercial pilot training

Through our Commercial Pilot Track (CPT) program, cadets will train for and gain their Private Pilot Certificate (3 months), Instrument Rating (3 months), and Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate (3 months) simultaneously. So, our cadets are ready to pursue their commercial aviation career in just 10 months, with no previous flying experience required.

Our commercial pilot training takes place at our sunny central Florida flight school, where cadets can benefit from over 300 days of excellent flying weather each year & learn from professional Flight Instructors on 5 different Flight Training Devices (FTDs) and a fleet of over 80 single-and-multi-engine aircraft.

If you’re looking for earning potential to match your desire for adventure - a career as a pilot is for you. Whilst CPT cadets are not eligible for Federal Student Aid, you can help fund your pilot training by applying for a range of aviation scholarships, loans, and other and other forms of financial support.

L3Harris is waiting for you. Do you have what it takes to be the next cohort of world-class pilots?

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Commercial Pilot Track (CPT)

What are my career prospects?

The L3Harris commercial pilot training program is the best training route to prepare students for life as a commercial pilot, whether for a commuter or an on-demand operator. Our CPT program takes cadets to commercial aviation-ready pilots in just 10 months.

Our CPT cadets will also benefit from our connections with 11 different regional airlines across the United States. Representatives from these airlines regularly visit our Flight School to give cadets the opportunity to seek career advice and interview our CFIs for First Officer positions with some of the most well-known airlines in the country.

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Commercial Pilot Track (CPT)

Commercial Pilot Track program footprint

  • 3 months Private Pilot
    Certificate
  • 3 months Instrument
    Rating
  • 3 months Commercial Multi-Engine
    Certificate
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Commercial Pilot Track (CPT)

Commercial Pilot Track admissions requirements

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

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.

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Commercial Pilot Track (CPT)

Commercial Pilot Track program costs

Undertaking pilot training can be a significant financial investment, and some cadets may feel that a commercial pilot training program simply isn’t financially accessible to them.

We are dedicated to making our aviation courses and programs accessible to as many aspiring pilots as possible by offering a variety of aviation scholarships, flight school loans, grants, and guidance on private funding.

Commercial Pilot Track program cost:

  • Tuition (estimated): $66,995
  • Application fee: $150

Estimated additional costs

  • Books, supplies, and mandatory electronic training materials: $5,000
  • Transportation, room and board: $22,350
  • TSA AFSP application (for non-United States citizens): $390 ($130 each for three courses)
  • TSA fingerprinting (non-United States citizens): $99 (one time)
  • ID badge (mandatory): $50 annual
Pilot training cost & funding
  • 100% funding available to  
    those who qualify
  • 11 affiliate airline
    partners
  • 96% graduates stay with us 
    to build flight hours
  • 100+ single and multi-engine
    aircraft

Commercial Pilot Track FAQs

How can I fund my Commercial Pilot Track training?

Training to become a commercial pilot can be a large investment, but one we believe is worth it for the quality of training and career prospects you will have access to. We offer a range of flight school loans and grants, as well as aviation Scholarships which can cover up to $35,000 of your tuition fees as well as other forms of financial aid.

Our Financial Aid Team can also provide advice on applying for private loans and help you to determine the best funding options for your commercial pilot training.

Am I eligible for Federal Financial Aid on the Commercial Pilot Track program?

While our Orlando Flight School is accredited in the same way as a USA university, only our Professional Pilot Program (PPP) cadets who qualify can apply for Federal Financial Aid.

To find the best funding option to support you through your CPT program, speak to our Financial Aid Team.

What aircraft will I train on durng Commercial Pilot Track training?

CPT cadets will also have access to one of the largest flight school aircraft fleets in the state. Comprising of both single and multi-engine aircraft with all-glass cockpits, all our aircraft are IFR certified and are regularly inspected by our team of FAA-certified Mechanics to ensure we always uphold the highest safety standards. Our cadets can expect to fly on:

Single-engine aircraft:

  • Cessna 172 Skyhawks
  • Cirrus SR20s
  • Piper PA28 Archers

Multi-engine aircraft:

  • Piper PA44 Seminoles

Where will I train to complete my Commercial Pilot Track training?

This L3Harris commercial pilot training program takes place at our Sanford campus in sunny Orlando, Florida.

How long does it take to complete a Commercial Pilot Track training program?

Our CPT can be completed in a little as 10 months, with no previous flying experience required.

What is next after completing the Commercial Pilot Track program?

For most of our cadets, the next step after completing the CPT is to go on to become a commercial airline pilot or First Officer. To apply for First Officer positions after graduating from the CPT, cadets will need to gain 1,500 flying hours to be eligible.

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 are the facilities like at L3Harris Flight Academy?

To give all our cadets the best possible training for their aviation career, our Flight School is equipped with world-class training facilities and equipment.

Located in the heart of Florida, our Orlando Flight School is optimally positioned to give our cadets over 300 days of excellent flying weather a year.

Our cadets will receive training across our eight multi-media equipped classrooms, and our briefing rooms for one-to-one ground school training. A Learning Resource Center (LRC) and study halls are also available to students equipped with video training computers, textbooks and other learning materials.

CPT examinations will take place in our dedicated Knowledge Testing Center which includes 10 computer testing stations and a proctor station.

To prepare students for everyday life as a commercial airline pilot, our campus also contains an Operations Center, complete with a dispatch center, pre-flight planning areas, post-flight debrief areas and a weather service computer.

Our cadets will also be sharing airspace, runways and an air traffic control tower with international commercial airlines.

Most importantly, cadets will train on our advanced Flight Training Devices (FTDs) ahead of gaining hands-on experience flying our fleet of over 100 single and multi-engine aircraft fleet.

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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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