All of our Airline Pilot career programs are designed to launch your flying career.

How to become a commercial airline pilot

Stage 1: Research

Browse our EASA career programs stating where you hold the right to work and your career goal. Many of our trainee pilots say the blog posts from current and alumni cadets helped them get a feel for L3 Airline Academy, as well as attending our events where you have the opportunity to speak with our careers advice team and professional pilots. Read the website information on each course, checking you meet the criteria.

Stage 2: Application

Apply for your chosen program online. We advise you to take your time, read the Application & Selection documents carefully and check that you meet the entry criteria before submitting your application.

Stage 3: Selection

If successful, we will invite you to a selection day. We have information on what to expect and how to prepare.

Stage 4: Ground school

Once through selection you will embark on the initial phase of flight training known as ground school. You will meet your fellow course mates, settle into your accommodation at one of our approved training locations and complete your classroom and computer-based theoretical knowledge training.

Stage 5: Foundation flight training

You will take to the skies, learning to fly single engine piston aircraft at one of our global training centers. The exact aircraft, location and duration of this phase will depend on your course.

Stage 6: Commercial and instrument flight training

The content of this training will depend on the course you have chosen, but will involve single and multi-engine aircraft and assessments in our Full Flight Simulators.

Stage 7: Intermediate training

If you are on an MPL route, this will involve aircraft type-specific training on the plane you will be flying with that particular airline. On our Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) route you will take our world-renowned Airline Qualification Course (AQC).

Airline-specific training
Stage 8: (ATPL students only) Airline Placement

You will be placed in our graduate placement pool where our team will work to secure you employment with our global partner airlines.

Stage 9: Advanced training

You will undertake aircraft type-specific training to prepare you to fly for your airline. You will also complete Line Orientated Experience (LOE) and line check with your airline employer as well as safety, emergency and procedures training.

Stage 10: Junior Co-Pilot

Congratulations! You are now employed as a Junior Co-Pilot, sitting in the right hand seat of the flight deck flying passengers on commercial aircraft. L3 can provide all the further training you need to progress your career up to the rank of Captain as well as other airline training courses.

United States
Pilot training in the United States at our Florida Airline Academy

Based in Sanford, Florida our Airline Academy offers a variety of routes to obtaining your Pilot license and launching your Pilot career in the United States. With over 100 flight instructors, more than 60 aircraft and 8 flight simulators our Florida flight school has all the facilities you need to begin your career in aviation.

Education requirements to be a pilot
  • To train as a pilot at L3 Airline Academy you must meet at least one of these criteria:
    Have a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Have completed 24 college credit hours from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Hold a Private Pilot’s Certificate with verification of high school diploma or GED
How long does flight training take?

Our Professional Pilot Program and Airline Pilot Track can both be completed in 15 months and our Commercial Pilot Track can be completed in 10 months, subject to scheduling.

What pilot jobs are available when I graduate?

Whether you want to be employed by an airline, become a commercial pilot or work as a Certified Flight Instructor, we have a pilot training course for you.

The rest of the world
New Zealand

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation – Flight Instructor Program is New Zealanders fastest route into the airline as it has an opportunity of Flight Instructor employment with L3 Airline Academy tagged on the end. New Zealand has a prerequisite of experience before applying therefore as an Instructor you are earning a salary and building hours rapidly in time for the airlines.

World-class training

A world-class career as a professional Pilot starts with world-class training. Our Diploma in Aviation Flight Instructor Program has the benefits of high-quality, focused professional flight training combined with a well-respected tertiary educational qualification.

You will graduate with:
  • Private Pilot License (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)
  • C Category Flight Instructor Rating
  • New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Aeroplane) (Flight Instructor Level 6)