Pilot training programs and courses

Professional Pilot Program (PPP)

There is a severe pilot shortage in the United States/ Train with a global leader in pilot training and qualify in as little as 15 months to complete your dream of becoming an airline pilot.

You will learn to fly at state-of-the-art facilities, in Orlando, Florida with approximately 90 single-and-multi engine aircraft as well as Flight Training Devices (FTDs).

Representatives from our airline partners frequently visit our campus to interview and speak with cadets, giving you the opportunity to network with potential employers!

Professional Pilot Program (PPP)

Professional Pilot Program course footprint

In just 15 months, you will qualify with the following: 

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Certificate
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

Upon qualification, you will be given the opportunity to become one of L3Harris' Flight Instructors and earn money while you build your FAA-mandated 1500 flight hours. Following that, you will join an airline as a First Officer, having completed your qualifications at one of the best aviation schools in Florida.

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Professional Pilot Program (PPP)

Professional Pilot Program admission requirements

Minimum admission requirements are as follows. For additional airline pilot training 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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Professional Pilot Program (PPP)

Cost and funding for Professional Pilot Program

Professional Pilot Program cost:

  • $83,995 Tuition fees (estimated)
  • 100% funding available

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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Please note:

Pricing is current. All prices are estimated and based on the Training Course Outline (TCO) hours it takes a cadet to go through the various programs. All prices are subject to change. Each cadet's experience may vary, and hours or 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). Prices do not include fuel surcharge, over-flight charges from TCO, admission fees, books, supplies, TSA processing, visa application fees, and extensions.

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What are my career prospects?

On graduation, you will be guaranteed an interview with L3Harris to become a Certified Flight Instructor.

Following on from your airline pilot training program, you will be eligible to commence your Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) to obtain your Airline Transport License enabling you to apply for a career with regional and major airlines.

Our connections with airlines from around the US provides cadets with a seamless pathway to becoming airline pilot. Representatives from these airlines are frequently invited to campus to interview and speak with cadets about class dates, salary, bonuses, and cadet programs.

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Professional Pilot Program FAQs

What types of aircraft will I train on during Professional Pilot Program training?

As a cadet on our airline pilot training - PPP - you will have the opportunity to train on single and multi-engine aircraft, as well as train on our five FTDs. As one of the top aviation schools in Florida, our fleet of aircraft is approximately 90 planes strong, and you could fly on any number of our aircraft including:

Single-engine aircraft

  • Cessna 172 Skyhawks
  • Cirrus SR20s
  • Piper Archer PA28

Multi-engine aircraft

  • Piper Seminole PA44


Where will I complete my Professional Pilot Program training?

PPP training takes place at our Orlando Flight School in Sanford, Florida where cadets will be trained by airline training professionals to meet the high aviation industry standards, benefiting from year-round flying weather for more hands-on experience than other aviation schools in Florida. With access to over 100 Flight Instructors, 5 FTDs, and one of the largest flight school fleets in the state.

Cadets will get hands-on experience of working in a busy environment, but enough space to train and build confidence in the air and on the ground. We share our airspace, runways, and air traffic control tower with international commercial jets, giving a real flavor of life in aviation.

Cadets will also have access to train on our 5 Flight Training Devices (FTDs) in our Simulation and Aircraft Maintenance Building.

Ground school training at our Orlando Academy takes place in our dedicated academic buildings, comprising eight multi-media equipped classrooms, study rooms, and briefing rooms for 1-to-1 training.

Our testing center consists of 10 computerized testing stations and a proctor station, used to complete examinations to pass commercial pilot training.

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What are the age requirements to become an airline pilot?

There are a few airline pilot training requirements you must meet to be allowed to apply. Applicants must be at least 17 years and 6 months old to start their training to become an airline pilot.

To be eligible for a pilot role with airliners in the US, you must be at least 18 years old, have logged the required flight hours, and hold all of the relevant qualifications.

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Can I earn a degree after graduating from your airline pilot training - PPP?

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 Professional Pilot Program (PPP). 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 Professional Pilot Program graduates up to 50% of in-state tuition expenses incurred through Seminole State College A.A. degree program, for those who qualify for full PPP credit transfer. Up to 25.5 credit hours earned through L3Harris Flight Academy’s PPP 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.

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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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Do I need a degree to become a commercial pilot?

What do you need to become a commercial pilot? You do not need a degree to become a commercial airline pilot. 

Whilst it is not compulsory to have a university degree before training to become a pilot it could open up more opportunities to work in the aviation industry.

At L3Harris Florida Flight School, we have partnered with Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) and Jacksonville University (JU) to provide airline pilot degrees which enable you to graduate with a degree and a pilot license.

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Can I transfer credit if I have previous flying experience?

Students with prior flying experience may be eligible for credit for their commercial pilot training. Credit that may be assigned is governed by Federal Aviation Regulations 141.77(b).

L3Harris Flight Academy will accept transfer credit to commercial airline training programs on a case-by-case basis. Students requesting review of any flight time, ground school, or exams for the possibility of transfer must notify their admissions representative. All requests for transfer credit must be submitted for review no later than two weeks before the program start date; no exceptions made.

The Professional Pilot Program curriculum is approved by our accrediting body. Please note the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is only applicable to the Sanford, Florida location.

As part of the airline training pilot requirements, Professional Pilot Program students must complete a minimum of 25% of the program at L3Harris Flight Academy.

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How long does it take to become a pilot?

If you are thinking about pursuing a career as a pilot, an important factor in this decision is how long it will take you to become a fully fledged pilot and start flying. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question "how long does it take to become a pilot?"

The duration of your pilot training will depend on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Whether you decide to combine your pilot training with a degree in aviation, which typically takes 3-4 years
  • Or if it is important to you to get your flying qualifications straight away and start flying, in which case you can become a pilot even quicker
  • What type of pilot you want to become, such as a commercial or private pilot

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How can I fund my Professional Pilot Program training?

At L3Harris we recognize that commercial pilot training can be a large investment which may mean you need support with your pilot training finance. Stratus Financial, Meritize or Sallie Mae flight school student loans, flight school loans and grants, aviation scholarships, and other forms of pilot training finance are available to cadets. Contact our Financial Aid Team for advice on the best funding route for your commercial pilot training.

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What’s the difference between PPP, CPT & AAPT?

Both the PPP and AAPT programs offer cadets clear pilot pathways. Cadets on one of these programs will qualify with Private Pilot Certificate, Commercial Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating. They also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from our airline partners to discuss career opportunities and have access to finance options to help fund training – such as Stratus Financial, Meritize and Sallie Mae.

The main differences are:

  • AAPT is our quickest route to a pilot career and the program can be completed in as little as 12 months compared to 15 months for the PPP
  • On successful completion of AAPT cadets qualify with CFI and CFI-I certificates meaning they can interview and start as Flight Instructors as soon as they graduate. On successful completion of PPP cadets qualify with CFI certificate and will need to obtain their CFI-I before starting out as a Flight Instructor – this can be done with L3Harris
  • On successful completion of PPP, cadets qualify with Multi-Engine Add-On, whereas AAPT training is completed in single-engine aircraft

With our CPT you will graduate with the same qualifications as a PPP, except that you will not receive a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. You may be eligible for a Smart Option Student Loan from Sallie Mae. CPT courses are ideal for cadets looking to become commercial pilots but are not interested in working as a Flight Instructor.

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Take your first step towards becoming an airline pilot and apply today to join one of the best aviation schools in Florida for your professional pilot course. Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to our Flight Academy!

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